This article was first published in Fraser Forum, a Fraser Institute review of public policy in Canada, July/August 2013. It is copyright to the Fraser Institute and authors Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre. The article is republished here with permission, January 2014.

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Charles Lammam is Resident Scholar in Economic Policy at the Fraser Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He holds an M.A. in public policy from Simon Fraser University. He may be reached at

Hugh MacIntyre is a Policy Analyst at the Fraser Institute. He holds a M.Sc. in multi?level and regional politics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He may be reached at

Editor's Note

This editor thanks the Fraser Forum for permission to republish this article, which will be of interest to the readers of This article is based on the Fraser Institute's study Using Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Transportation Infrastructure in Canada by Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre which can be found at


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