Public Perception and Political Will: Overcoming obstacles to public-private partnerships in Canada

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by Guy W. Giorno
October 13, 2005

Public-private partnerships, also known as PPPs or P3s, are complex transactions — more
complex than privatisations. P3s are all the more complicated because they possess political
and public relations dimensions unlike those of ordinary commercial deals. Projects invariably
fail if political and communication issues are not anticipated, understood and properly managed.

This paper begins by reviewing the Canadian political environment and its impact on P3s. Then
follows an examination of some specific obstacles to Canadian public-private partnerships and
how they might be overcome.