Cut P3 strings from federal infrastructure funding for communities
  • Petitioned Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

Cut P3 strings from federal infrastructure funding for communities

    1. Petition by

      Water Watch CUPE BC

Canada is facing an enormous municipal infrastructure deficit, estimated at around $130 billion dollars, to upgrade and expand everything from water and wastewater systems, to roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure.

In the 1960s, the federal government funded about 25% of municipal infrastructure, with provincial governments helping with about 40% and the remainder borne by the municipality.

Today, PM Harper's government is telling us there is no money to support municipal infrastructure, with the exception of about $1 billion in a new agency created in 2009, PPP Canada, that requires municipalities to "partner" with corporations to finance and or deliver public infrastrucutre and services for a profit.

Communities, like Abbotsford, B.C., who have voted by almost 75% against a proposed P3 (public-private partnership) water project and to keep their water in public hands are being told by Conservative MP Ed Fast that the $65 million promised by the federal goverment for the project is not accessible for communities that choose to keep their water in public hands.

This P3 funding string or condition amounts to a "forced privatization", against the wishes of local governments and/or Canadians in communities across Canada.
B.C. residents have rejected P3 water and wastewater projects in numerous cities including Vancouver, Kamploops, Capital Regional District, Whistler, Mission and most recently in Abbotsford. This is consistent with the "Canadian way", which is to keep such vital services in public hands.

Abbotsford has joined the lobby to urge the federal government to cut P3 strings from federal infrastructure funding and we ask that you join in too.

Send a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today.

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    • Patricia Cocksedge POWELL RIVER, B.C., CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Forcing cities to partner with businesses which only have their bottom line in mind and NOT the citizens or environment or the future through providing money only through PPP Canada for infrastructure needs, and not allowing publicly constructed infrastructure, is undemocratic and works against the public good. The money belongs to the taxpayers who should be making the decision in their local communities.

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    • GARY KILLEEN MAPLE RIDGE, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      privitization is another word for profit. it means lower quality water and much higher prices. Worst of all it means no power or control over our own resource. its basically giving our water to corporations. Why on earth would a government who is supposed to represent the people push for this outrageous ppp progam?

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    • Andrea Craddock CAMPBELL RIVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why ruin what's working? Publicly funded infrastructure is what PEOPLE need for healthy lives. Just ask us... we'll tell ya!

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    • Bill Evans SACKVILLE, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The job of government should the provision of public services and public security / regulation. It's job should not be pimping for the for-profit industry. It's outrageous that the Harper gov't will only use OUR tax dollars to help communities pay for water infrastructure if the money goes into private hands!

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    • Jade Lopehandia VANCOUVER, B.C, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am strongly against the privatization of essential life sustaining resources. I believe that privatizing public water is economically redundant, and further more is unethical.

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