Government of British Columbia

January 08, 2008 19:34 ET

Government of British Columbia: Premier Campbell Applauds Governor Schwarzenegger

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 8, 2008) -

STATEMENT

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Office of the Premier

Premier Gordon Campbell released the following statement congratulating Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for proposing that California expand the use of public-private partnerships during his state of the union address today.

"I congratulate Governor Schwarzenegger on his commitment to public-private partnerships. They tap directly into the initiative and innovation of the private sector while providing critical public infrastructure in the most cost-effective manner.

"In B.C., public-private partnerships for hospitals, highways and water treatment facilities have driven millions in taxpayer benefits since we launched Partnerships B.C.

"Governor Schwarzenegger continues to see the power of partnerships in meeting California's public objectives. This announcement will mean more infrastructure delivered faster and more affordably.

"Since the establishment of Partnerships B.C., billions in public infrastructure dollars have flowed through the rigorous public-private partnership process. Currently, over 20 projects are underway and are being delivered on time and on budget. The innovative new Kicking Horse Canyon Highway design was completed 19 months ahead of schedule and the new Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre has saved taxpayers millions of dollars over traditional capital procurement models.

"Public-private partnerships reduce taxpayer risk, increase service and design innovation, and are at the forefront of environmental design. In British Columbia, of the almost $8 billion in public partnership projects currently underway, about $5 billion is funded by the private sector."

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Mike Morton
    Press Secretary, Office of the Premier
    (250) 213-8218