Christchurch Asset Sales Will Be Major Issue

Press Release – Keep Our Assets Canterbury Christchurch Asset Sales Will Be Major Issue In 2016 Local Body Election: Public Meeting ToldChristchurch Asset Sales Will Be Major Issue In 2016 Local Body Election: Public Meeting Told Keep Our Assets Canterbury hosted a public meeting on Sunday night in the Cardboard Cathedral. The message from the 13 speakers (who were given five minutes each) was quite unambiguous – if the Christchurch City Council proceeds with its plan to sell $750 million worth of public assets over the next three years, it will have a fight on its hands. Two of The People’s Choice’s six Councillors spoke and made plain that this will be a major issue at the 2016 local body election. This was reinforced by the three MPS who spoke – one each from Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First. The representatives of two unions who spoke made the stark point that privatisation costs workers’ lives. Other speakers made these points: none of the eight Councillors who voted for asset sales actually campaigned on that platform at the 2013 local body election, so they have no mandate to do so; those assets were built up by previous generations for the common good of present and future generations of Christchurch people, not to be flogged off because of an ideologically-induced debt hysteria, and certainly not to pay for the...

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