“Grocery corporations got caught red-handed fixing the price of bread. Construction corporations got caught red-handed overcharging us $8 billion for P3 hospitals and highways. Why should we ever trust cannabis corporations to keep our kids and communities safe?” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President / Treasurer
“Nova Scotians have already wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on other costly P3 projects — more than 30 schools, toll roads, and the Burnside jail, just to name a few. Why are we going down this road again?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“It looks like Ford is setting the stage to go on a rampage that will make Mike Harris look like a choir boy.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Making sure children aren’t hungry, making sure they can see properly in school, and making sure they get help if they lose a loved one shouldn’t depend on where wealthy individuals or corporations decide to invest.
"Everybody wins when workers are paid a decent and fair wage. Everybody wins when a local like this bargains language that will prevent their jobs from being contracted out or privatized." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Last month saw the second conviction related to allegations that SNC-Lavalin executives paid $22.5 million in bribes to get the contract for a P3 privatization scheme.
“The study released today reinforces what our members, including pilots, nurses and other frontline staff have been telling us: privatizing this essential service will either increase costs or put Manitobans at risk." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
As a recently announced rapid transit project in Chicago shows, the need for disclosure can change when P3 privatization schemes are involved.
Response times, compliance records and financial statements don't sound like intellectual property, but it is information New Brunswickers should be able to access. This way, they can understand if the service is being run properly.
“In our view, the value-for-money analyses were of little use to decision makers because they contained many flaws favouring the P3 model.” – Office of the Auditor General of Canada