Nova Scotia Conservatives vow to fight for Yarmouth-Maine ferry link

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives say they're going to fight to bring ferry service back to Yarmouth, despite the NDP government's decision to stop propping up the money-losing service.
At the party's annual general meeting in Halifax, Kings South member Eric Smith said having a ferry sail between Yarmouth and Maine is too important to the tourist industry to let go.
"We must take a stand and we must look after what's going to happen there," he said Saturday during a forum with federal and provincial politicians.
The Progressive Conservatives have protested the NDP's decision to pull the plug on the service in December.
Bay Ferries Ltd. had sought up to $9 million to cover losses in 2010.
Former Tory cabinet minister Chris d'Entremont said the high-speed passenger ferry may not be the right boat for the service, but the link must be preserved.
"We need to get the provincial government to change its mind, to change its tune. They thought, I think, that we were going to roll over and play dead, and I know that people are even more energized," he said.
About 250 tourist operators, business owners and ferry employees rallied in Halifax Thursday in support of the Cat.
Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris met with a small group. He said the high-speed ferry was not a good business venture and the government wouldn't consider reversing its position.

Organizations: Progressive Conservatives, NDP, Bay Ferries Ltd.

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Yarmouth-Maine, Yarmouth Nova Scotia Maine

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