Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 04, 2010 12:12 ET

CUPE 503 Media Advisory: Press Invited for Breakfast at Municipal Election Forum October 8th

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - Members of the press are invited to take part in a breakfast together with 86 City of Ottawa municipal election candidates, members of some Community Associations and invited guests at the municipal election forum on October 8th in the Rideau Room at the Sheraton Hotel from 8 a.m. to noon.

The subject of the forum will be Public-Private Partnerships. 2010 International John Galbraith Award winner John Loxley who recently published The Political Economy of Public-Private Partnerships and Pierre J. Hamel who wrote an extensive report commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Municipalities on Public Private Partnerships will launch the event with a brief presentation of their findings. 

Following their presentations, there will be a question and answer session in which panelists will field questions from the audience – after which the candidates will be invited to express their own views on the subject. There will be ample opportunities for the press to interview panelists and candidates. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

"We want to encourage a truly informed discussion on the issue of privatization of public services", says Brian Madden, President of Local 503 representing 7,000 City employees, "in order that candidates who could potentially be elected to City Council can make informed decisions when such issues arise at City Hall."

CUPE Local 503 represents a wide range of municipal workers - including paramedics, those providing services to seniors, the homeless and families with low incomes, as well as childcare, public health, public works, library and recreation workers – to name just a few.

If you are interested in attending the breakfast and would like to reserve a seat at this event, please call or email Jean-Marc Bézaire, CUPE National Representative at 613-293-8163 or

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