Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

February 17, 2011 16:50 ET

Metrolinx Needs to Stop P3 Gravy Train Headed Down Sheppard Line, Says CUPE Ontario President

"Hard-Working People Get Cutbacks, Corporations Get Ford Fiesta on Taxpayers' Dime," Warns Fred Hahn

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2011) - Toronto taxpayers shouldn't be fooled - they'll be the ones left paying more for the 'Ford Fiesta' corporations will enjoy if the Sheppard Subway extension is turned into a so-called public-private partnership (P3), warned the President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

"While the Mayor and his fellow millionaires insist that working people have to accept cutbacks to bus and library services, Rob Ford is setting the table for a huge transfer of public wealth into corporate coffers if his P3 proposal goes forward," Fred Hahn said today.

"When the corporations have had their fill, hard-working taxpayers are going to be the ones left with the hangover, and the tab," he added.

Hahn was responding to published reports today that the Mayor has written Metrolinx, the regional transit authority, proposing that the extension of the Sheppard Line to Downsview Station in the west and Scarborough Town Centre in the east by designed, financed and built through a P3.

"Time and again, we have seen that the only people who benefit from P3s are corporations who successfully get their hands into the public's pocketbook. Metrolinx needs to stop this gravy train before it leaves the station," said Hahn.

He added that Premier Dalton McGuinty needs to take action to stop taxpayers across the Province from getting fleeced by Mayor Ford and other P3 proponents across Ontario.

"In England, citizens were left on the hook for nearly $4 billion dollars when the London Underground became a P3, then failed after only four years. Dalton McGuinty doesn't need to look that far for examples. The $300 million in added costs to Ontario taxpayers from the P3 hospital in Brampton is but one of many examples in this Province," said Hahn.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Ontario
    Fred Hahn
    CUPE Communications
    Kevin Wilson