CAT ferry protest fails to sway government as province says no to more funding
vide an ongoing subsidy.
Businesses and labour groups say the loss of the ferry will eliminate about 600 jobs and cost millions of dollars annually in lost revenues.
Yarmouth Mayor Phil Mooney said 76,000 people used the service last year, bringing in roughly $33 million to the province.
“ We want him to re-look at his decision,” he said at the demonstration.
“ We’re at the second highest unemployment rate in Nova Scotia and you put another 600 jobs on that ... it’s going to be devastating to us.”
Waving placards and calling for Dexter by his first name, workers in hard hats along with union officials and restaurant employees crammed into two floors of the building.
It houses Dexter’s office and the cabinet meeting rooms, but no one from government came out during the 20 minutes they were inside.
The group wanted a commitment from the NDP government that efforts will be made to secure a ferry link with New England in 2011 and beyond.
The premier, who is out of the country, has said he’s open to providing short-term cash to salvage the ferry service, but he wants to see a study on transport needs before committing to anything.
He’s awaiting the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency study on transport needs and will consider temporary assistance if it recommends that.
Cancelling the service could cost provincial taxpayers millions of dollars if the vessel is not sold before September.