Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

March 04, 2010 16:42 ET

CUPE Nova Scotia President Says Harper Budget Continues to Push P3's

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says the 2010 federal budget makes Stephen Harper the 'P3 Pusher-man'.

Says Cavanagh, "This budget continues to funnel most resources for municipal infrastructure through the seven-year, $33-billion Building Canada Fund announced in Budget 2007, with its requirements to pursue P3s for larger projects."

Cavanagh argues the federal government could strengthen communities by replacing P3 Canada Inc and the federal P3 Fund with a Public Assets Financing Agency and Public Assets Fund. These agencies would support securing lower cost financing for public infrastructure projects and allow public pension plans to invest in the secure, long term public benefits of public infrastructure and services.

Says Cavanagh, "Ownership and control of community assets allows governments to take action on environmental protection through improvement of public infrastructure and services.

"Unlike P3s, which result in a loss of local control, local economic benefits and higher costs, public ownership allows for efficient spending of tax dollars and allows our local governments to provide quality, municipal infrastructure and services," he says.

CUPE is particularly concerned about the planned trade and convention centre for HRM and has written Minister of Infrastructure Renewal Bill Estabrooks to find out if the province will be pursuing a P3 model for this project.

Contact Information

  • Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE N.S. President
    902-957-0822 (Cell)
    or
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180