CUPE NL calls for transparency legislation governing public-private partnerships

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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador released several recommendations to government this week, calling for transparency and accountability legislation to govern public-private partnerships. The recommendations are based on research and discussion coming out of a panel discussion on P3s and transparency held in St. John’s on November 14, 2018. “With the government signing contracts for a P3 hospital and long-term care facility, …

P3 promotion agencies ignore reports by auditor generals

Letter: Partnership is an empty buzzword

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The following letter to the editor was published on Monday, November 5, 2017, in The Telegram. The St. John’s Board of Trade offered nothing new in their Oct. 27 letter to the editor (“P3 model unduly criticized”) that hasn’t already been said by consultants and lobbyists that stand to profit from these misguided deals. When public-private partnerships (P3) promoters use …

Letter: No evidence P3s are cost effective

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The following letter to the editor from CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas was published in The Telegram on September 201, 2017. Provincial government Ministers Steve Crocker and Dr. John Haggie have taken exception to the alarm bells CUPE is ringing about the higher costs of P3 deals.  In a letter to the editor of Aug. 26, the ministers claimed two …

Let’s stop the Ball Government from saddling us with even more debt

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People living in Corner Brook and the surrounding region have needed new health care facilities, including more beds in long-term care, for many years. It came as welcome news to everyone, including CUPE members and their families, when the province announced two new facilities would begin construction later this year. However, the secrecy and lack of transparency around these two …

Meet our Trojan Horse at the Royal St. John’s Regatta

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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador would like to invite everyone to meet our 15-foot tall wooden Trojan Horse at the Royal St. John’s Regatta on August 2. Members will be on hand to talk to the hidden dangers of using public-private partnerships (P3s) to build health care facilities. The Ball Government plans to use P3 deals to build two health care …

Call for Volunteers – Join CUPE at the St. John’s Regatta!

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Say NO to privatizing our health care!  CUPE needs your help to hand out information telling the Ball Government to keep our health care facilities out of the hands of private interests. Please join us August 2nd at the Regatta! Every CUPE member who helps will get a CUPE Trojan Horse t-shirt. While at a meeting in Deer Lake yesterday, …

Natalie Mehra talks about P3s on The Good Morning Corner Brook Show

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On May 1, 2017, Natalie Mehra joined Bernice Hillier on The Good Morning Corner Brook Show (CBC Radio) to talk about the public-private partnership the Ball Government will use to build two new health care facilities in Corner Brook. Listen to the interview Bernice Hillier: Earlier this year, government announced it would build a new hospital and long-term care in …

Nova Scotia’s Billion Dollar Trojan Horse

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A cautionary tale for taxpayers in Newfoundland and Labrador Imagine a giant wooden horse just rolled into Corner Brook and everyone is impressed with the incredible gift sent to the community from the Ball Government. People come from miles and miles to admire the beautiful gift, to be used to build much needed health care facilities. After all, they’ve heard …

Corner Brook town hall calls for new health facilities to stay public

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Participants at a town hall meeting in Corner Brook, NL were clear their community needs a new hospital and expanded seniors’ care – but that it must stay public. The forum focused on the Ball government’s proposal to privatize a long-term care facility and hospital in Corner Brook by using a public-private partnership (P3). Plans are in the early stages, and …

10 problems with P3s

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Across Canada, some governments are promoting privatizing public infrastructure and services through public-private partnerships, also known as P3s. In a P3 deal, private corporations make a profit from financing, operating and/or maintaining public infrastructure projects. Municipal or provincial governments, school boards or health authorities sign contracts with private corporations to design, build, operate and sometimes finance infrastructure and deliver services …