New Manitoba govt throws doubt over schools P3

The new NDP government in Manitoba has raised questions over the future of the province’s planned nine-school P3 bundle.

In the mandate letter to the new schools minister, the new state premier, Wab Kinew, said one of the ministry’s key commitments would be to “bring in new P3 accountability legislation to protect schools”.

In an interview with CBC, new education minister, Nello Altomare, refused to commit to delivering the P3 bundle of schools that had begun procurement under the previous administration.

He argued that the current government doesn’t know “what is in the P3 contracts that the previous government negotiated”, adding: “We have to find out what stage we're at and then make decisions that not only benefit kids and families but also balancing that fiscal responsibility that is also part of our mandate.”

A request for qualifications for the schools bundle was issued in July, with responses due by October 4, 2023 - a day after the election that saw the New Democratic Party oust the Progressive Conservatives.