Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce out of step with Nova Scotians on P3 issue

    TRURO, NS, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia, Truro's own
Danny Cavanagh, says the president of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce has
got it all wrong on the issue of P3s.
    Cavanagh says, "Maybe Laurie Jennings thinks that toll highways and
bridges are the answer, but that's certainly not what the people of this
province want. Is he or the government prepared to guarantee there will be no
toll highways?"
    Pointing to the failed P3 schools scheme, Cavanagh asks, "Is his
organization going to tell the people of this province that privately owned
and operated schools will be open to the public for after hours use, or that
the P3 owners won't want a share of the schools' chocolate bar sales?"
    "Is the Chamber going to help the small business people when highways go
around their businesses," he asks.
    Cavanagh says, "The Chamber and the Premier can say all they want that
things will be better this time, but even Dr. Phil says the best way to
predict future behavior is by looking at past behaviour. If that's true, then
I suggest we as taxpayers are in deep trouble."
    "I urge Mr. Jennings to read the story that's out today about the Joe
Howe Building in Halifax which the province has been 'leasing' from a private
company in a P3 arrangement. The building is assessed at $14.2 million, but
has already cost about $50 million in lease payments.
    "Now we learn there's a $24 million price tag for renovations - and guess
who's on the hook for that? Taxpayers! This is proof to the people that pay
the bills that we were snookered again by a P3 gone bad," says Cavanagh.

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822; John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative, (902)
455-4180 (o)

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