ALBERTA – The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) is speaking out over recent shifts on P3 policy initiated by the NDP government in Alberta.
In a recent press release, CCPPP president and CEO Mark Romoff said he and his association are "concerned, however, that the premier (Rachel Notley) may not have been well briefed on the full benefits of the P3 approach.
"The Canadian P3 model has evolved over the past 20 years to a point where it is viewed as a best practices standard around the world. Effectively used, the model consistently outperforms traditional procurement models and delivers projects on-time and on budget while demonstrating real value for money," Romoff said.
The statement comes after Alberta Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason said the province won’t launch new P3 projects pending a decision by the executive council on continued use of the model.
"We would agree there are times when the P3 model is not a suitable course of action. It is, however, imprudent to simply dismiss P3s without an evidence-based evaluation of their impact and effect on the economy," Romoff said.
He called on Mason to release the executive report to the public.
"We are disappointed to hear that minister Mason has declared a moratorium on future P3 projects in Alberta. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to comment on the specifics of his decision because he has chosen not to release details of the P3 review he requested," Romoff said.
In media reports Mason said he isn’t declaring a moratorium but is sticking to traditional methods of funding as the province starts a five-year, $34-billion capital construction program.
Romoff also cited an independent study by Intervistas Consulting Inc. over a 10 year period (2003-2012) which "determined the projects saved governments nearly $10 billion, generated $7.5 billion in taxes and $32 billion in income for workers. They have created more than half a million jobs and contributed $48.2 billion to GDP."