NDP

NDP MLA questions why no federal money available for Yarmouth ferry

March 24, 2016


For Immediate Release

March 24, 2016

(Shelburne, NS) NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau is questioning why the Yarmouth ferry is once again being solely subsidized by the provincial government, with no assistance from the federal government.

Provincial Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister, Geoff MacLellan, announced today that a vessel had finally been secured for the 2016 season, with the province committing to provide $32.7 million dollars in subsidies over the first two years of the contract.

“I’ve said it before, but the fact remains that the only way this service will be successful is if all 3 levels of government are involved” said Belliveau. “The recent federal budget promised more money for other ferries in Atlantic Canada, why was there nothing to support this international route?”

“It is disappointing that the provincial Liberal government was not able to convince the federal Liberal government that they ought to contribute to this service” said Belliveau.

Belliveau also raised concerns that the vessel selected may not have the capacity needed to support the growing trucking industry, which is the method of transportation increasingly used to export Nova Scotia products, like lobsters, to US markets.

 

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For more information:

Emily Reid

902-476-0883

emily.reid@novascotia.ca