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CUPE seeks Burnaby council support for P3 project resolution

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says too much reliance on public private partnerships to rebuild municipal infrastructure is a threat to the autonomy of local government.

In a letter submitted to Burnaby council, CUPE president Barry O'Neill is seeking support for a resolution requesting municipalities still be allowed to get funding for infrastructure projects that aren't tied to public private partnerships.

"It is... critical that the federal government be discouraged from imposing a unilateral program that forces municipalities to privatize operation of their facilities and which is subject to change at the government's whim," said the letter.

O'Neill pointed to the recent demise of a P3 water upgrade project in Abbotsford as an example of much-needed infrastructure not being built after voters in that community rejected its private component.

"Municipalities must be given other options," said O'Neill.

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