Manitoba’s decision to transfer the management of St. Ambroise provincialto a private operator could be a hint of what’s to be, a report said.
A briefing note from the government, which the Opposition New Democrats obtained through a Freedom of Information request, describes the commercial leasing for St. Ambroise Beach Provincialas a “template for future potential partnerships in .”
The document provides an example of a P3 partnership where the private and public sectors cooperate to manage publicand/or provide services.
NDP environment critic Lisa Naylor on Thursday said that theof St. Ambroise Beach Provincial located 80 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg isn’t an example to follow.
She claims that the St. Ambroiseattempts to privatize . The government has denied the allegations in every way.
“The operator privately operates the, sets their own rates to rent and day permits,” she said after the NDP presented the internal briefing note during the question period.
“And as we have just heard in this House—of course, this was the game plan; it was always the game plan.”
Theagreement came into effect this year.
There was a ruckus in the spring when visitors to St. Ambroise discovered their provincialpermits were ineligible to enter the . The government stated that all confusion has been addressed, and the passes work.
The Manitoba retains ownership of the . The government has stood by its decision to the and says that a local operator is renovating a devastated by floods in the past decade.is also not sold because
“The province’s partnership with this service provider is enabling St. Ambroise Beach Provincialto be revitalized and to recover from the previous damage, and ensures Manitobans have access to nature there while enjoying its services and facilities and supporting economic development as part of Manitoba’s pandemic recovery efforts,” said a government statement from June.
According to the province, otheralso have arrangements in which a service company charges fees.
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