Tories sue Nova Scotia government over details of Yarmouth-Maine ferry fees

Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative leader filed court documents today challenging a decision by the Liberal government to keep details of the Yarmouth to Maine ferry contract confidential.

Tim Houston says it’s an “extraordinary measure,” adding that Nova Scotians should never have to sue their government to get information.

Houston says a date has been set for March 12 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The Tory move comes after the ruling Liberals rejected a finding from the province’s privacy commissioner that called on the government to release management fee information laid out in the contract with Bay Ferries.

The province signed a 10-year deal with Bay Ferries in 2016, and has provided $32 million in subsidies since the ferry service resumed in 2015.

The government maintains the management fee is confidential commercial information that should remain so.

Houston says he did not talk to Premier Stephen McNeil in the days prior to the court filing and says the issue can be solved if the government simply releases the numbers.

Global News

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