For Immediate Release
Edmonton, Alberta – April 6, 2017
New Poll Suggests Majority of Edmontonians Not in Favour of Privatizing Essential Services
EDMONTON – In light of recent debate on the privatization of the city’s drainage system, a recent poll conducted by the Edmonton and District Labour Council reveals Edmontonians are generally opposed to the privatization of essential city infrastructure. The poll also exposed a lack of community awareness and consultation on the 1.1 billion dollar deal.
From a pool of 479 city of Edmonton residents, the poll found only 32% of respondents were aware that Edmonton City Council was debating the privatization of drainage assets. Furthermore, a staggering 84% of respondents were in favour of drainage infrastructure remaining within ownership of the city.
“The data speaks for itself,” said EDLC President Bruce Fafard, “It is clear that Edmontonians are neither in favour of privatizing essential public services nor adequately aware of the debate. City council should keep that in mind as the municipal election approaches.”
In a report to be released April 10, the EDLC, partnered with Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions, investigates whether Edmontonians are best served by having city drainage under City control, or managed by EPCOR Utilities Inc. The report weighs potential effeciencies claimed by EPCOR and community concerns around transparency and accountability.
The EDLC exists to advance the economic and social welfare of workers and their families. Founded in 1906, the EDLC is chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and affiliated with the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL). The council is comprised of 57 affiliated locals with 45,000 members from the Edmonton and area region.
YEG Drainage Poll Results Document