City of Edmonton staff advise council to scrap P3 plans
Rec centre will proceed as traditional "construction management project" after costs, concerns tallied.
by the Canadian Union of Public Employees
EDMONTON — April 11, 2008
City of Edmonton staff are advising council to scrap plans for a P3 and keep a new recreation centre public.
City staff made an official pro-public recommendation today, after word began leaking out that the P3 numbers didn't add up. Council still has to take a final vote on the issue.
CUPE opposed the plan from the start, calling for the city to keep the much-needed rec centre in public hands. Other community groups, including Public Interest Alberta, also campaigned against the scheme CUPE welcomed news that the P3 could soon be off the table.
"This is great news for our members and all Edmontonians," said CUPE 30 President Dennis Mol. "No-one benefits from a P3 except the big businesses involved."
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada's largest union.
Links and sources
"Public works best for Edmonton rec centre", CUPE website, April 11, 2008
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