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Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

Under P3 arrangements, the private sector plays a key role in financing, designing, building, operating, or even owning facilities or infrastructure that are otherwise designed to be public services. When private companies take over a public project, the focus shifts away from the public interest and meeting community needs, to ensuring a profit for the companies’ shareholders. P3 projects typically cost more, deliver less, and compromise public control and accountability over critical infrastructure services.

Barlow criticizes proposed P3 hospital in North Battleford

Barlow criticizes proposed P3 hospital in North Battleford

Barlow speaking in North Battleford last night. Photo by Tria Donaldson. Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke ...
Barlow to speak against proposed P3 hospital in Saskatchewan

Barlow to speak against proposed P3 hospital in Saskatchewan

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be in Saskatchewan this month to speak against a proposed public-private partnership hospital. ...
Will Thessaloniki water utility become a P3?

Will Thessaloniki water utility become a P3?

There are concerns that Greece's privatization agency TAIPED, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, will seek to make the publicly-run ...
Fighting Water P3s - Stopping the community takeover

Fighting Water P3s – Stopping the community takeover

Water is a public resource; it belongs to everyone. But water privatization is sneaking through the back door in the ...
Harper's Building Canada Fund rules mean local P3 fightbacks, trade disciplines for cities

Harper’s Building Canada Fund rules mean local P3 fightbacks, trade disciplines for cities

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the rules for the $14 billion, 10 year Building Canada Fund that will take ...
Harper's 'Building Canada Fund' promotes P3s

Harper’s ‘Building Canada Fund’ promotes P3s

CBC reports, "The Conservatives announced in last year's federal budget $14 billion over 10 years in new infrastructure money under a ...
Saint John faces costly P3 for their drinking water

Saint John faces costly P3 for their drinking water

CBC reports, "The City of Saint John is getting nearly $115 million to upgrade its water treatment system under a ...
P3 legislation adopted in Tunisia

P3 legislation adopted in Tunisia

This past March, Al Jazeera reported, "The alter-globalisation activists (at the World Social Forum in Tunisia, including Blue Planet Project ...