Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

October 08, 2010 06:30 ET

Winnipeg Residents Reject Secret Sewage Contract-Poll

Survey shows eight in 10 want Veolia contract details made public

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - A Probe Research survey shows that 78 per cent of Winnipeg residents believe that all the details of the 30-year contract the City of Winnipeg entered into with the private contractor Veolia Canada should be made public before the October 27 municipal election.

Meanwhile, the poll—commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)—shows overall opposition to the Veolia deal is also strong as 61 per cent of Winnipeggers oppose it, with 39 per cent in support.

"Clearly Winnipeggers have serious concerns with the mayor and council's decision to enter into a 30-year deal with a private company to maintain and operate Winnipeg's wastewater treatment plants," says CUPE National President Paul Moist. 

"For the past two years, concerned citizens have called for the city to be open and transparent about contracting out our wastewater plants," says Moist. "And for two years the city has ignored these calls."

"Winnipeg voters deserve to know the scope of this deal," he says. "They deserve to know how much this deal will cost them and their children 30 years from now. They deserve answers to these questions before they go to the polls on October 27."

Moist says keeping water and wastewater services in public hands is a key priority for CUPE and its members. CUPE has mounted campaigns opposed to water privatization across Canada and the world. CUPE has also worked with other community organizations in opposition to Winnipeg's decision to seek out a private partner to operate and maintain its wastewater services since 2008.

Probe Research conducted the citywide telephone survey of 601 Winnipeg residents between September 16 and September 30. The margin of error is ±4.0, 19 times out of 20. Full results of the survey can be downloaded from the electronic version of this release at

CUPE is Canada's largest union representing more than 600,000 workers, including 26,000 in Manitoba.

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  • Liam Martin
    Communications representative
    Heather Fraser
    Senior communications officer