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Make High Travel Costs a Federal Election Issue, Says PC Caucus
The province's Official Opposition wants the exorbitant cost of travel to and from Newfoundland and Labrador to become a high-priority federal election issue
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (August 6, 2019) – The province's Official Opposition wants the exorbitant cost of travel to and from Newfoundland and Labrador to become a high-priority federal election issue.  The Opposition is hoping the matter will be among the issues raised with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now that he is in the province.

PC tourism and trade critic Lloyd Parrott said, "It's ridiculous that our seven Members of Parliament have been ineffective and silent on the outrageous cost of traveling to and from Newfoundland and Labrador.”

PC transportation critic Barry Petten said, “We have been raising this issue for years, but the federal government has ignored the issue of high ferry rates on the Marine Atlantic service, and the Ball government has not made it an issue either.”

Parrott said, “Two of the greatest growth opportunities for our battered economy are tourism and trade, but the cost of getting people and goods between our province and the rest of the country is too high to be competitive. In a province that's struggling with the loss of jobs and population, the cost barrier to travel must become a national election issue.”

“The Marine Atlantic Gulf ferry service was guaranteed in our Terms of Union and is supposed to serve as an extension of the Trans-Canada Highway, but the excessive user costs are doing more to block access than to open access,” said Parrott.

“With Ottawa treating Halifax as the Atlantic regional hub, we need to remind federal parties that Canada does not end at Nova Scotia, and it's time to remove the cost barriers that keep so many from taking the extra journey east," said Parrott.

"Travel and trade costs within our own country should not be so prohibitive and discriminatory. With everyone talking about the importance of lowering barriers to internal trade, we need to get Ottawa to tear down the wall that is depriving our province of fair opportunities in this country,” said Parrott.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

(c) 1.709.685.3161

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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