Amid loss of development, Council contemplating Intervenor Status in the Nova Scotia Conservative party's lawsuit concerning the International Ferry Service
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. - The Town of Yarmouth will look into making a request for Intervenor Status in the Nova Scotia Conservative Party's lawsuit against the government concerning the release of sensitive contractual information with Bay Ferries, Ltd. The growing concern about the negative publicity being generated around the International ferry service as a result of this lawsuit has caused loss of development and continues to impact the entire region's economic progress.
"I've spoken to several investors, developers, and business owners in recent days and all have expressed grave concerns about the negativity surrounding the service and are worried about the huge risks involved going forward," stated Mayor Pam Mood. "The perception alone that under a Conservative government the ferry could be disrupted, or worse, cancelled, has caused and continues to cause fear and subsequently, damage as it pertains to new and continued investments."
“Hundreds of people in southwest Nova Scotia and across the Province make their living in the multi-billion dollar tourism industry, and to now be worried about losing their livelihood yet again is simply unacceptable. After all the work that has gone into re-establishing the service as a result of a poor decision by the previous government to cancel it in 2009, and the millions invested by business owners, the game of political football with this service needs to stop before irreversible damage is done.”
Since its reestablishment, business confidence is up and economic gains have been realized across the province. "The public knows the cost of keeping the service in place, and by now we should all understand the significant return on investment," added the Mayor. "The constant negative narrative in the media around the Maine to Nova Scotia service needs to be turned around before we end up in the same dire situation we were in a decade ago."
The Mayor plans to bring a resolution to council this week to grant the request for Intervenor Status as a means to ensure the negative social and economic impact is heard and understood as part of the lawsuit.