Cape Bre­ton-P.E.I. ferry still a good idea

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - for our re­gion. Where’s our P.E.I.-Cape Bre­ton ferry? Mark MacNeill Cape Bre­ton Is­land Province­hood Cam­paign chair RR1 Big Pond

The Yar­mouth ferry sup­port­ers are very right when they say the whole prov­ince suf­fers if there’s no ferry ser­vice be­tween there and Maine.

For many years Prince Ed­ward Is­land and Cape Bre­ton Is­land have re­quested an in­ter-is­land ferry ser­vice to shorten the At­lantic Cana­dian ship­ping route con­nect­ing P.E.I., north­ern Nova Sco­tia, Que­bec and New­found­land to the rest of Canada and the U.S.

In­stead, the prov­ince has sub­si­dized the Yar­mouth, Digby and Pic­tou fer­ries and has told Cape Bre­ton in­ter­ests that Nova Sco­tia doesn’t sub­si­dize ferry ser­vices. Yet gov­ern­ment re­ports in the past decade have shown a P.E.I.Cape Bre­ton ferry ser­vice would be com­mer­cially vi­able dur­ing spring to fall sea­sons.

Capers have watched the main­land me­dia at­ten­tion on the fail­ing Yar­mouth and Digby ferry ser­vices in dis­may with the knowl­edge that our P.E.I.-Cape Bre­ton route of­fers greater trans­porta­tion syn­er­gies to the At­lantic re­gion yet re­ceives lit­tle at­ten­tion as a miss­ing piece of in­fra­struc­ture that is es­sen­tial to the fu­ture of mov­ing peo­ple and goods more ef­fi­ciently through and around our re­gion.

Cape Bre­ton is wor­ried too about the com­ing tourist sea­son and ac­cess to the world fa­mous Cabot Trail for tourists des­tined

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