Keep sewage treatment public…

For taxpayers

Privatization costs more. Public-private partnerships or P3s cost more than public operation. Private corporations take on P3 projects to make money. Private financing costs more and the ‘mark up’ adds significantly to the cost of P3 projects.

For public accountability and transparency

Our local governments are elected by us and responsible to us. When control is handed to private corporations or arms-length agencies like Translink in the Lower Mainland or Seaterra in Greater Victoria, we lose local accountability and transparency. Contracts are kept secret, meetings are closed, and decisions made behind closed doors.

We also lose our say when local governments lock into decades-long contracts. These contracts limit flexibility for using new, emerging technologies or responding to new information.

For the environment

Protecting the environment and public control are linked. The public interest, not private corporate interests, should drive decisions. Local governments’ main focus is on public health and safety, not making a profit. And when things go wrong, private corporations can walk away, while government and taxpayers are left to clean up the environmental damage.

For the local economy and jobs

When contracts go to big corporations, we lose local investment, tax resources and jobs. Publicly-delivered services allow local governments to be able to offer the next generations challenging jobs that pay decently and allow the students of today to stay in our communities and have successful careers.

Martine King, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
Alan Paladini, CRD Housing Corporation CRD Steward
Janice Webster, CRD Housing Corporation CRD Steward
Russ Donnison, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Hartland Landfill CRD Steward
Coral Lee Henderson, CRD Bylaw and Animal Care Services CRD Steward
Ian Elliott, CRD Protective Services CRD Steward
Clay Cullen, CRD Integrated Water Services CRD Steward
Tambra Cartmell, CRD 911 Services CRD Steward
Brendon Parker, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
Bruce Lesperance, CRD Technology & Initiatives, Facility Maintenance CRD Steward
Joe Kolic, CRD Integrated Water Services, Macaulay Point CRD Steward
Adam Hliva, CRD Integrated Water Services, Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant CRD Steward
Blair Barrett, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Steward
John Butts, CRD Integrated Water Services, Macaulay Point CRD Steward
Courtney MacMurchy, Panorama Recreation Centre CRD Steward
Stephen Taylor, Greater Victoria Housing Society GVHS Steward
WSPR Steward
VIHA Steward
VIHA Steward
VIHA Steward
VIHA Steward
Tom Benjamin, CRD Technology & Initiatives, Information Technology & GIS Vice-President
Rick Illi, CRD Planning & Protective Services, Bylaw and Animal Care President
Kathy Marshall, CRD Finance, Payroll
Lindsay Fumalle, Saanich Health Unit VIHA Coordinator
John MacPhee, CRD Housing Corporation
James Kroening, CRD Integrated Water Services, Saanich Peninsula Wastewater Treatment Plant
Shirley Lyons, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection CRD Coordinator
Jody Watson, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection CRD Coordinator
Graziella Schaerer Martin, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Regional Parks CRD Coordinator
Anke Bergner, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Resource Management CRD Chair
Jason Dales, CRD Integrated Water Services, Infrastructure Operations Chair GVHS
Michael McKinley VIHA Chair
Shawn Davies, West Shore Parks & Recreation WSPR Chair
Henry Lee, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Partnerships Treasurer
Shirley Lyons, CRD Parks & Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Secretary
Trustee