Tory leader pledges to reverse ferry decision
Quentin Casey - Telegraph-Journal (Irving Media)
April 21st, 2009
FREDERICTON - Conservative Opposition leader David Alward says he will reverse the Liberal government's decision to scrap three St. John River cable ferries if he is elected premier in 2010.
"A new Progressive Conservative government, under my leadership, will restore and protect the vital cable ferry links on the lower St. John River as an essential government service," said the Woodstock MLA on Monday evening.
Alward, speaking in Gagetown at a village council meeting, said the ferries are essential links that support everything from tourism and agriculture to public safety and local culture and heritage.
He said the election pledge proves his commitment to rural communities.
"It's a no-brainer," he said.
Robert McDowell, a Gagetown village councilor, applauded Alward's announcement, calling it "absolutely essential".
"That's the type of leadership we need - someone to step forward and stand up for rural New Brunswick," McDowell said.