Unions, community groups leaflet closed door meeting on P3s

HEU members from local hospitals, city workers and concerned citizens were out in full force Thursday morning in downtown Vancouver to leaflet an invitation-only conference promoting the privatization of transportation, health and water treatment infrastructure through P3 arrangements.

Their message? “It’s time to end the secrecy surrounding up to $10 billion in so-called P3s, being promoted by the BC government.” Scores of commuters and conference participants paused to take a leaflet during the 90-minute event that distributed close to 1700 pamphlets.

The 100 conference participants included financiers, developers, government officials, lawyers, BC’s finance and transportation ministers and the head of Partnerships BC – the government agency formed to promote P3s. The public wasn’t invited.