Yesterday government announced that it will use a public-private design, build, finance, and maintenance model – a P3 – to build the Waterford hospital replacement.

Today in Question Period, NDP Leader Gerry Rogers said this will be the fourth one government has commissioned.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

New healthcare facilities in Corner Brook will be built and maintained by for-profit companies, a major shift in government procurement policy. NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the Liberal reversal from its stance of two years ago simply passes increased costs on to future year.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Today in the House of Assembly’s Question Period, NDP MHAs sounded alarm bells about the possibility of for-profit models of public infrastructure.

NDP Transportation and Works Critic George Murphy

NDP Transportation and Works critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says this province should refuse to consider privatizing highway maintenance, given the numerous problems such public-private contracts caused in Ontario.

NDP Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

NDP critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says health care dollars that go to company profits are health care dollars that cannot be used to provide care for seniors and other residents of long-term care facilities.

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continued her questioning on the government’s plan to bring the private sector into long-term care in the province. Michael says public-private partnerships have been repeatedly shown to cost more in other provinces, while at the same time drastically – sometimes dangerously – lowering the standard of resident care.


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