Nova Scotia

Ignatieff promises ferry for Yarmouth

Michael Ignatieff says a Liberal government would bring back ferry service to Yarmouth.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff dances at a campaign rally in Yarmouth. ((Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press))

Michael Ignatieff says a Liberal government would bring back ferry service to Yarmouth, N.S.

The federal Liberal leader made the campaign promise at Yarmouth High School on Wednesday night.

"I saw the closed terminal last summer with all the droppings gathering from the seagulls and everything and you kind of felt a hole at the centre of the heart of the community," Ignatieff said.

"We just think we've got to work to get that ferry back. And we'll work to make that happen. That's a firm commitment."

Bay Ferries cancelled its service between Nova Scotia and Maine last year after the provincial government cut an annual $6 million subsidy.

Many local businesses say they've suffered from the loss of ferry traffic. About 300 people took part in a demonstration April 10 to demand ferry service.

Ignatieff said Marine Atlantic could be involved in kickstarting a new service. The Crown corporation runs the ferries between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Ignatieff urged voters to choose Robert Thibault, the Liberal candidate who is trying to take back the West Nova riding from Conservative Greg Kerr.

Kerr has said he wants ferry service to resume, but there must be a sustainable, long-term solution.

George Barron, the NDP candidate in West Nova, has said he supports a smaller ferry than the Cat.

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