The Minister of SaskBuilds isn’t too concerned about the latest bad news out of North Battleford.
The P3 partnership responsible for building the new hospital in the city has had work delayed by two to three months due to issues with one of the partners.
Merit said he’s not legitimately concerned for a few reasons.
- Taxpayers won’t be hit by this whatsoever.
- The developers are eager to get back to work.
- The province is going to be charging the project a late fee.
“To my knowledge, it’s (the fee the province will be charging) the neighbourhood of $1.25 million per month that they will be penalized for the delays,” said Marit.
Marit says to make sure the project gets back on track, the company has hired workers to do more shifts throughout the day and night to make work progress.
However, the leader of the Saskatchewan NDP Ryan Meili doesn’t believe P3 partnerships are even worth using anymore.
Meili spoke about a report in Manitoba, who abandoned P3’s due to the cost and increasing ineffectiveness. He says it’s time for the government to stop being married to something that doesn’t work.
“I don’t think it’s the most useful model,” said Meili.
“Obviously, you have to judge it case by case, but the majority of the experiences out there show it’s actually less expensive and you have more control over what you’ve built if you build it yourself.