Wilson renews call to keep Nova Scotia hospitals publicly owned
April 7, 2016
NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson is calling on the Liberal government to ensure the Victoria General replacement building is owned by the province and not private interests. His comments come after Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Geoff MacLellan, told reporters today that a public-private partnership (P3) model is seriously being considered.
“We know when it comes to public infrastructure, like schools, roads and hospitals, the P3 model ends up costing taxpayers much more in the long run” said Wilson. “The P3 deals signed by a Liberal government in the 1990s were hastily put together and Nova Scotians have been on the hook for far more than the original building costs. We should be putting as much money as possible into front line health care and not the pockets of corporations.”
Despite inheriting a plan from the previous NDP government, the current Liberal government has yet to take any concrete steps toward replacing the aging Centennial Building.