Nova Scotia

Bluenose preservation trust and N.S. reach deal

The Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society and Nova Scotia's government strike a deal after a dispute that had dragged on for years.
The Bluenose II Preservation Trust dispute was at one point linked to the federal Liberal sponsorship scandal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. ((CBC))

The Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society and Nova Scotia's government have finally struck a deal after a dispute that had dragged on for years.

Tourism Minister Percy Paris announced Thursday the trust will hand over more than $1-million in assets to the province.

The dispute was over the transfer of money raised in the name of the Bluenose II.

Paris said there was bad blood between Liberal Nova Scotia Senator Wilfred Moore, chair of the now-disbanded trust, and the previous Progressive Conservative provincial government.

Paris said his negotiations, which included six face-to-face meetings, went smoothly.

The tourism minister said he didn't research the history of the controversy because he wanted to come into the discussions with no preconceived notions.

At one point Prime Minister Stephen Harper waded into the controversy, suggesting the trust was linked to the federal Liberal sponsorship scandal.

Paris says a new volunteer board called the Schooner Bluenose Foundation will be established to oversee the newly acquired Bluenose II assets.

Paris will be president of the foundation and Premier Darrell Dexter will be the chair.  

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