Nova Scotia Must Support Yarmouth Ferry Service, CAW says

January 6, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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The Nova Scotia government's decision to no longer provide funds for the Yarmouth ferry service should be immediately reversed, CAW Atlantic area director Les Holloway says.

Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has indicated his government will no longer provide ongoing funding for the high speed Yarmouth ferry service that connects Nova Scotia to Maine. CAW Local 4315 represents 50 workers on the Yarmouth ferry service.

"The immediacy of re-establishing the funding cannot be overstated as we are already seeing the negative economic impact this decision to cut funding is having," Holloway states in a December 23 letter to Dexter.

"The ferry services throughout our province are an integral and important part of our province's transportation system and as such, they require and deserve this government's support no less than other modes of transportation." Holloway stressed that the province's decision could also negatively effect federal funding for other Nova Scotia ferry services.

Holloway also urged Dexter to set up a discussion/consultation process with all parties on a long-term viable option to ensure ongoing ferry service in Yarmouth

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