As the Saskatchewan government embarks on a major public-private-partnership (P3) school build, it regularly assures the public that it has learned from the P3 mistakes of other jurisdictions. Despite these assurances, the recent Saskatchewan Auditor-General report and the hiring of Partnerships BC as a P3 advisor to the government demonstrates that rather than learning from the P3 mistakes of the past, the government seems poised to repeat them.
Simon Enoch and Cheryl Stadnichuk identify the various ways the government’s P3 process continues to harbour the same biases and faulty assumptions of other failed P3 projects across the country. Enoch is the Director of the Saskatchewan office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Stadnichuk is a research officer with CUPE in Saskatchewan.