Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 06, 2012 11:01 ET

Media Advisory: CUPE publishes guide for municipalities on the real story of Public-Private Partnerships

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2012) - On the occasion of the National Infrastructure Summit taking place in Regina, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will release a comprehensive reference tool entitled "Asking the Right Questions: A Guide for Municipalities Considering P3s" to help municipalities make informed decisions in the best interest of their citizens as they come under increasing pressure to enter into public-private partnerships (P3s) to fund public infrastructure.

This is of particular importance in Saskatchewan where the Brad Wall government has announced plans to build two large health care projects as public private partnerships and where some municipalities are considering P3s to fund infrastructure.

Paul Moist, CUPE national president, and John Loxley, the guide's author and economics professor at the University of Manitoba, will take part in the press conference to launch this document urging caution among municipal decision-makers, on Monday, September 10, at 1:00 p.m. The following day at 11:00 a.m., Moist will sit on a discussion panel on the topic of P3s. John McBride, CEO of PPP Canada; will also be presenting his point of view. Paul Moist and Charles Fleury, CUPE's national secretary-treasurer, will be available throughout the summit to respond to media inquiries.

WHO: Paul Moist, CUPE national president, and John Loxley, economics professor at the University of Manitoba.

WHAT: Launch of "Asking the Right Questions: A Guide for Municipalities Considering P3s."

WHEN: Monday, September 10, at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Regina Inn Hotel, Diefenbaker Room, 1975 Broad Street, Regina, Saskatchewan.

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