It is nearly Labour Day, and nonetheless no Yarmouth ferry

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With Labour Day weekend at hand, summer time’s winding down and the Yarmouth ferry has but to sail.

The Nova Scotia authorities continues to be hoping there will probably be a shortened crusing season, however it’s nonetheless not clear when — or if — The Cat will sail.

“To my data, there’s been no change,” stated Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “There isn’t any replace.”

The ferry service has been stricken by delays, nonetheless, Nova Scotia Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines says he is nonetheless hopeful there will probably be crossings between Yarmouth and Maine.

“This isn’t a sport,” stated Hines. “From our perspective, we’re dedicated to that service. We’ll see it function and if we are able to get some on this 12 months, we intend to do this.”

Hines says progress continues to be made with the U.S. Border and Customs Safety, and that renovations on the ferry terminal in Bar Harbor stay ongoing — though he cannot say what’s left to complete on the web site.

“It is like a skit out of Monty Python when it comes to the response from the federal government,” stated Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Halman.

“The federal government owes it to Nova Scotians to inform them  what’s going on and what we get is simply comical solutions from the federal government,” Halman stated.

NDP chief Gary Burrill stated this season has been a washout.

“To say on the 29th of August, ‘effectively, we’re nonetheless hoping that there would possibly be capable of be a bit little bit of a season,’ when you’re within the week earlier than Labour Day, you might be for all intents and functions, on the finish of the present,” Burrill stated.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation continues to lift the alarm over the price of the ferry service.

“We all know we’re sending $eight.5 million to the USA to improve a second U.S. ferry terminal and that the federal government wrote a clean cheque to the People for that,” stated Paige MacPherson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “And we all know that that they had budgeted about $13.5 million for his or her working subsidy this 12 months, however the ferry hasn’t sailed, so we do not understand how a lot that is really going to price.”

At this level, there are about six weeks left within the crusing season.

The city supervisor for Bar Harbor, Maine, says the final time he spoke with Bay Ferries, they had been nonetheless working to get development carried out.

A spokesperson for Bay Ferries says all marine services are actually full and land-side services are at completely different levels of completion.

As for The Cat, it is stated to be able to function.

With recordsdata from CTV Atlantic’s Natasha Tempo.




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