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SNC-Lavalin scandal highlights risks of public-private partnerships: CUPE

Municipal governments across Canada are still considering entering into public-private partnerships with controversial Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin



OTTAWA—With allegations of fraud, money-laundering, and bribery in Canada and around the world, the scandals plaguing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. have been well publicized.

Yet municipal governments across Canada are still considering entering into public-private partnerships (P3s) with the controversial Montreal-based multinational corporation.

To help municipal councils and officials evaluate SNC-Lavalin as a potential partner, and to ensure concerned community members are fully aware of the company’s track record, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Polaris Institute are releasing a comprehensive profile of the company’s storied-history and performance record on P3 projects.

“SNC-Lavalin has a long history of troubling controversies, but is still courting public money with risky P3s across the country,” says Paul Moist, national president of CUPE. “It’s important that communities considering turning over valued public services know the track records of companies like SNC-Lavalin before entering into a P3.”

Given the success of recent efforts to oppose water and wastewater P3s in places like Abbottsford, Metro Vancouver, and most recently Regina, public opposition is a key concern for the P3 industry.

Visit www.polarisinstitute.org for more information

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