Feds spend on ferry ser­vice

Marine At­lantic gets $22 mil­lion for moor­ings in fed­eral bud­get

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRYAN TAIT

The first bud­get from the Trudeau gov­ern­ment in­cluded a bit of fund­ing for Marine At­lantic.

The Crown cor­po­ra­tion will re­ceive $22 mil­lion as part of a fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture ini­tia­tive.

Marine At­lantic spokesman Dar­rell Mercer said the fund­ing will be split be­tween three projects, the largest be­ing a new moor­ing sys­tem in North Syd­ney and Port aux Basques. The other projects will in­clude fend­er­ing up­grades in both ports and re­plac­ing the storm sewer in Port aux Basques.

The gov­ern­ment also an­nounced $51.9 mil­lion in fi­nan­cial sup­port for fer­ries in At­lantic Canada.

The Cana­dian Ferry Oper­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion praised the com­mit­ment. In a press re­lease, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s CEO said the funds will have a “real im­pact” on ferry pas­sen­gers.

“Through var­i­ous mea­sures, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is help­ing the 55 mil­lion pas­sen­gers that use fer­ries ev­ery year,” Serge Buy said in the re­lease.

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