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Letter: Hoping for thorough Telegram coverage of P3s in N.L.

Journalists across the SaltWire Network teamed up to look at some of the impacts of Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador.
Journalists across the SaltWire Network teamed up to look at some of the impacts of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador. — Ken Simmons/The Telegram

I have been reading your special coverage of the Muskrat Falls debacle. The comments by many respectables and notables who are speaking up now, leaves me wondering where were they before we got into this mess. This is a continuing and very serious issue when it comes to leadership in this province.

This leads me to a present concern. In the face of the stunning size of the bill for the repairs needed for our health-care facilities across the province, the health minister is saying the problem and its size validates the idea of engaging further in public-private partnerships for workable solutions.

Everything I have read about these arrangements leads me to believe they are toxic. Short-term gain for long-term pain — another form of buying on credit.

To put it in some context, it looks to me like a mini-Muskrat in the making. Which takes me back to the leaders in our community. Why are we not hearing from more than the government and labour leaders on this multi-billion-dollar issue before disaster strikes?
I’m pleading with you, Telegram, to gather the stories from other jurisdictions, to inform us, in a detailed, factual way about public-private partnerships in the building and/or running of public facilities, hospitals, schools, etc., both the positives and the negatives. We need to understand so that we may be assured our government is choosing the best option.

Bob Oxley

St. John’s

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