News

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.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
 
Restaurants expected to slowly comply with organics disposal ban
 
Referendum poll shows slim lead for new transit tax
Widened police power to search phones leaves many questions: SFU prof
 
Search for answers in South Surrey homicides continues
 
Sleepy Surrey intruder arrested in North Vancouver
Roads study provides ammunition for District of Kent
 
Polak pitches B.C. climate strategy in Peru
 
Keep an eye out all year for mail thieves

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.