Sydney port development plan could see federal support

Infrastructure minister didn't make specific commitment to funding, but says the project is on his radar.

Infrastructure minister didn't commit, but says it's on his radar

Eyking says the project would increase traffic at the port, especially in the cruise ship sector. (Warren Gordon)

Plans to build a new port in Sydney, N.S., were acknowledged during question period on Wednesday in Ottawa and while the infrastructure minister didn't make a specific commitment to the project, he says it's on his radar.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality announced plans for the port in June 2015.

'Shared infrastructure priorities'

Mark Eyking, MP for Sydney-Victoria, asked the federal government if plans for a second berth for the port of Sydney would be "worthy of consideration for infrastructure."

Eyking says the project would increase traffic at the port, especially in the cruise ship sector. He said it would have a positive impact on Cape Breton's economy overall.

Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government has committed $60 billion of new money into infrastructure over the next ten years.

"We understand that well planned infrastructure investments in regions like Cape Breton generate economic growth, create jobs, and leave a lasting legacy for Canadians," said Sohi.

"I have met with my counterparts in Nova Scotia, and we will continue to work together on our shared infrastructure priorities." 

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