The secrecy surrounding the 30 year contract with Veolia to upgrade our wastewater system is alarming. We do not know the details of the contract and therefore what the relationship with Veolia will be; nor do we know what the cost will be for Winnipeggers. Other cities that have entered into agreements with Veolia have had the contracts open to the public before finalizing the deal. There are a number of cases in which cities have terminated their agreements with Veolia due to concerns about the company's technical, financial or environmental performance. A 30 year contract is a costly obligation for the City and could limit the City's ability to secure the best professional services in wastewater treatment in the future.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED call on Winnipeg City Council to publicly disclose all the details of the secret 30 year deal with Veolia for upgrades to our wastewater system. Contracts that involve huge public expenditures and long term relations must be transparent. It is essential that all partners and contractors be held publicly accountable. This can only be done if there is a genuine effort to keep the public informed. Please show us what you are committing us to.
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