Premier has "no mandate" to pursue P3's - hospitals or otherwise

    HALIFAX, March 28 /CNW/ - The MacDonald government has absolutely no
mandate from the people of Nova Scotia to pursue a P3 hospital, says the
president of CUPE Nova Scotia.
    Danny Cavanagh says, "Yesterday's announcement from the premier that
10 projects would be examined as potential P3's - including completion of the
VG site at the QEII Hospital -should be a red flag to all Nova Scotians.
    "They did not campaign on this issue which means they do not have any
kind of mandate to start privatizing our health care system," says Cavanagh.
    "As for the Joseph Howe Building, that would be adding insult to injury
for taxpayers who are already out tens of millions of dollars for the original
P3. So now we're going to fix a P3 debacle with another P3? This is
dumbfounding," says Cavanagh.
    "Their plan to use Partnerships BC to 'assess' the projects is simply a
smokescreen. This agency was basically set up by the right-wing government of
Gordon Campbell as a way to rationalize the use of public-private partnerships
in that province.
    "CUPE Research and other organizations have thoroughly discredited
Partnerships BC's methods as not being fair or accurate," says Cavanagh.
    Says Cavanagh, "A study conducted for the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives by Simon Fraser University Professor Marvin Shaffer showed that
B.C. taxpayers will have to pay an additional $220 million for the Sea-to-Sky
Highway, a P3 project that was given the blessing of Partnerships BC."

    A copy of that study can be found at

For further information:

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

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