Accord meeting cancelled for fourth time

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TRURO - Politicians looking for information about the new offshore agreement were left hanging yesterday when finance officials abruptly snuck out the "backdoor" before the briefing began, says Bill Casey.

TRURO - Politicians looking for information about the new offshore agreement were left hanging yesterday when finance officials abruptly snuck out the "backdoor" before the briefing began, says Bill Casey.

The Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP was one of the 10 Nova Scotia MPs and senators waiting outside the room for the 10:30 a.m. meeting to begin.

"Even At 10:15 I don't think the government officials had any idea that the meeting was going to be cancelled," he said. "It appears they're in disarray because this is the fourth time they have done this."

At 10:15 a.m. Casey said the officials packed up and left and a minute later politicians received e-mails at their offices saying the meeting was cancelled. But they had to hear the news from translators left inside the meeting room.

"It's getting to be a pathetic story. At some point they've got to keep their word on something," Casey said.

Chisholm Pothier, press secretary for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, said when it became clear the bill would not be introduced Tuesday the briefing was cancelled.

"There's some complicated technical aspects to this and (they're) still working on it," he said. "I don't think any of this is particularly unusual.

These are complicated pieces of legislation."

He could not say if the clarification agreement between the Nova Scotia and federal governments pertaining to the Atlantic accord is the problem with the budget implementation bill.

Joe Gillis, spokesman for Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald, said the federal government has kept the province updated on the process and it is not concerned with yesterday's happening.

Organizations: Nova Scotia MPs

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • ken
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    another slap to the face of n.s.