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Premier slams court ruling to disclose management fee paid to Bay Ferries

Premier Stephen McNeil's comments come after a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge ordered the province to disclose how much it pays Bay Ferries for operating the ferry
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Premier Stephen McNeil at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

Nova Scotia's Premier says he believes a recent decision to disclose how much the province pays in management fees for the Yarmouth to Maine ferry sends the wrong message.

His comments come after a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge ordered the province to disclose how much it pays Bay Ferries for operating the ferry.

The lawsuit was put forth by P.C. Party Leader Tim Houston in 2019 in an attempt to enforce a recommendation by the former information commissioner.

Houston called the decision a win for taxpayers but Premier Stephen McNeil believes it sends the wrong message.

"He wants to be able to dig into every private sector company that has business with the Government of Nova Scotia, even if it puts them at risk, and I just don't agree with that," said McNeil.

McNeil believes this decision puts the company at a disadvantage, adding both the new government and Bay Ferries will have to look at this and decide how to move forward.

Both the province and Bay Ferries can appeal the decision, and as a result, the judge says the information will remain sealed for a period of 30 days.



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