Grand Manan travellers upset ferry fare still in place
People living on island say David Alward broke election promise
Some people who travel to and from New Brunswick's Grand Manan Island say they're upset about the New Brunswick government reneging on a campaign promise made four years ago.
In 2010, they were told the government, led by David Alward, would stop charging for ferry service to the mainland.
Years later, that has still not happened.
52 per cent of voters on Grand Manan said in a plebiscite they wanted to push the government to act on that promise.
But Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams says the fares will remain.
Jenny Robicheau, who moved off Grand Manan last year, said she believes the ferry fares will become an election issue.
"A lot of the people that had voted for Alward, I think, will be thinking twice about it again. There's been a lot of other aspects that he's gone back on. And a lot have been coming to light. So I think a lot of people that were backing him will probably rethink that idea."
There is a bit of good news for those who use the ferry service. Coastal Transport has announced repairs on the Grand Manan Adventure have gone well and the vessel should resume regular crossings this weekend.
The regular two-vessel summer schedule — consisting of seven round trips daily operating between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. — will remain in place until early September.