Pallister PCs Launch RFP to Privatize Manitoba Parks 

October 15, 2020

TREATY 1 TERRITORY, WINNIPEG, MB - Manitoba Liberals are condemning the Pallister PCs' decision, along with Travel Manitoba, to issue a request for proposal on how to privatize and sell off Manitoba's parks.

The RFP was posted to MERX on October 13 by Travel Manitoba, entitled "For the Provision of Evaluating Manitoba's Provincial Parks." The RFP acknowledges that the province's parks infrastructure hasn't seen improvements for 40 or 50 years.

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont and MLA for St. Boniface, said the PCs should be investing in infrastructure renewal for parks for Manitoba 150. Instead, the Pallister Government is going to break them up, sell them off, and encourage private operators to gouge Manitobans to raise revenue.

"Public parks belong to all of us. We all own and pay for them through our taxes, and we should be making sure everyone can access them, not just a privileged few," said Lamont. "This is not about improving parks. It is about a broad conservative strategy of transferring commonly owned, public property into private hands for private profit."

The RFP calls for all 76 parks to be evaluated, and requires the contractor to determine:

  • What assets should be divested?
  • Identify partnership and P3 investment opportunities with the private sector, municipalities and First Nations to improve park infrastructure/services or decommission/transition parks to other models (i.e. other groups operate or own parks to service their local community).

The RFP also asks to provide recommendations and next steps for:

  • A new business model for Manitoba Provincial Parks that increases visitor spending, revenues and cost recovery.
  • Investment and divestment requirements for existing infrastructure assets.

Lamont said the PCs policies are regressive.

"Some things should not be for sale. Public parks should stay public," said Lamont.

You can see the full RFP here.



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