SAINT JOHN, N.B.- A newly formed group which describes itself as an assembly of social movements committed to defending democracy is speaking out against public private funding partnerships.

The city is looking at a P3 model to pay for expensive upgrades to its water system.

Leticia Adair of Common Causes tells us they have concerns about P3′s and what they really mean. “We need to contemplate that P3′s focus the interest from the public interest that’s supposed to meet the community’s needs to a company or a group of companies that need to make a profit for the shareholders”, says Adair

A town hall event will be held tonight starting at 7 at the Saint John Arts Centre.

One of the speakers will be former CUPE researcher Raymond Legere.

Common Council is also expected to address the P3 issue at its open session tonight starting at 6.