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McGill University Health Centre P3

Montreal P3 hospital takes sewage backups to new heights

The privatization industry likes to claim that P3 privatization schemes will cause things to rise to new heights. And at a Montreal P3 hospital that’s true.

In most buildings, if the drains backup, you only have to worry about sewage flooding the basement floor. But in 2015, at the McGill University Health Centre P3 privatization scheme, they managed to have sewage flooding the sixth floor -- in the birthing centre no less!

2015 also saw the preliminary hearing on the bribery charges arising from the bidding process for the contract for the McGill University Health Centre P3 privatization scheme. On trial are the former CEO and two senior executives at SNC-Lavalin, a former administrator at the McGill University Health Centre, and a British consultant on privatization.

One police officer described it as the "largest corruption fraud in Canadian history."

But on the positive side, the corruption scandal has shown that if you’re under investigation for corruption, your friends in the privatization industry won’t desert you. Even after everything that has come to light about the $22.5 million in bribes related to the McGill University Health Centre P3, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships has not changed its mind about the gold award for finance it gave the privatization scheme.

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