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Winnipeg councillor: no water utility sales without referendum

Response to public outcry over public-private partnership.

Winnipeg, MBJuly 16, 2009 — A Winnipeg city councillor plans to put forward a motion that no part of the city's water and sewer system could be sold without a referendum.

Coun. Harry Lazarenko on Wednesday said his motion set for next week#&39;s council meeting should clear up confusion about the city's plan to enter into a private-public partnership to manage the water supply.

"If this motion of mine is passed, and I am positive that it will, then we would not be able to do any privatization of the municipal water utility without a referendum subject to the provincial government making amendments to the [city] charter," Lazarenko saidÂ…

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  No water privatization without referendum: Winnipeg councillor, by CBC News, July 16 2009

Posted: July 16, 2009

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