Cumberland County truckers & businesses get shafted by latest Liberal toll promise

Cumberland South PC candidate Tory Rushton says the latest Liberal promise to do something about the Cobequid Pass tolls will continue to discriminate against Cumberland County truckers and other businesses.

“Cumberland County residents have seen this movie before. Stephen McNeil promised to remove the tolls in the last election, then went back on his word. Now, Iain Rankin is promising to remove tolls for some, but not all,” said Rushton, whose Cumberland South constituency includes part of the Cobequid Pass. “I just can’t believe or trust the Rankin Liberals, no matter how many times they keep recycling the same promises.”

As Rushton noted last night, here is the updated summary of the Liberal record on the Cobequid Pass:

  • In 2015, the Cobequid Pass was set for repayment in 2019.
  • In 2016, the McNeil Liberals said they were extending the project life from 2019 to 2026.
  • In 2017, after intense criticism from the PC Party, the McNeil Liberals backtracked and promised the tolls would come off in 2019.
  • In the 2017 Liberal Platform, the McNeil Liberals said they would remove the tolls when the bonds are paid off, projected for 2019.
  • After the 2017 election, it was revealed in the government’s Public Accounts report that tolls will cease upon complete payment of all costs, which is projected for 2026.
  • For the last several years, Iain Rankin’s Transportation and Active Transit Minister Lloyd Hines has maintained the tolls will stay in place until 2026 or perhaps beyond that date.
  • Iain Rankin now promises to remove Cobequid Pass tolls on October 1 for non-commercial passenger vehicles.

“The only way to get rid of the Cobequid Pass tolls for all Nova Scotians is to get rid of the Rankin Liberals and elect a new PC government with real solutions for Nova Scotians,” concluded Rushton.