NDP demands greater transparency around P3s

June 30, 2016

For Immediate Release

Today, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced that the provincial government has not made a decision about leases set to expire on six P3 (public-private partnership) schools, and will hold off on doing so until October.

For over a year the NDP has been calling on the McNeil Liberal government to be clear about their plan for P3 school leases. Despite the end-of-June deadline for making a decision on six of the 39 schools, Casey has left Nova Scotia families in the dark.

“If the McNeil Liberals are taking us down the path of further privatization, citizens have a right to know,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “I find it disturbing that the Liberals have sidestepped a public debate on this matter.”

A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) concluded that the P3 schools program in Nova Scotia was a failure. P3s have not fulfilled the promise of reduced costs, and in fact, have seen companies reap significant profits. The CCPA-NS report suggests that buying the schools is the only reasonable option.

“In shaping policies, the Liberals are remarkably immune to evidence,” continued Burrill. “The P3 model is a failed experiment. Public assets should be owned by the public.”

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For more information please contact Kyle Buott at the NSNDP Caucus at 902-266-2068