There has been a ferry service between Yarmouth Nova Scotia and the USA since the 1880s. In 2009 the service was ended due to the provincial government withdrawing the subsidy that was necessary to keep the ferry operating.
The effect on South West Nova Scotia, and indeed the whole province, has been catastrophic. Many many businesses throughout Nova Scotia have suffered extreme financial hardship. Unemployment has risen sharply and people are suffering.
The loss of the large number of visitors coming into Nova Scotia means the government is also losing revenue, no ferry means no HST on many thousands of tourist dollars. For over a hundred years Americans used to come to Nova Scotia via a Yarmouth ferry. They chose the ferry because it is the closest and most direct route from their Eastern seaboard. The ferry sailed from Portland and Bar Harbour Maine in recent times but there was a ferry service from Boston Mass not that long ago.
Please sign this petition and help get a year round ferry back. If you can forward this via email to your contacts and/or share on Facebook that would be a great help, many thanks!
- Member of Parliament Calgary Southwest
- Premier of Nova Scotia
- Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada
My name is Patrick McDonald, I live in England. Why would an Englishman be concerned about a Nova Scotian ferry? The answer is quite simple. My son immigrated to Nova Scotia in 2007. He moved to an economy that was vibrant, and he had prospects. Since the ferry stopped running two years after his arrival, those prospects have diminished and the economy is in dire straits. I have four grandchildren growing up in a dying town. I'm starting this petition to give them and my son a future. Southwestern Nova Scotia is a beautiful and scenic place but the area desperately needs jobs. Your help in signing this petition and urging your friends and contacts to do the same would be enormously appreciated. Please support the movement to reinstate a a year round Yarmouth NS to USA ferry.
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