Parsons questions Marine Atlantic management costs

Brodie Thomas
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Says 100 more jobs in North Sydney than Port aux Basques

Burgeo-La Poile MHA Andrew Parsons is taking aim at how Marine Atlantic management is running the Crown corporation.

The Marine Atlantic ferry MV Highlanders. — TC Media file photo

He wants answers on numbers he recently received on the cost of keeping much of the corporation’s management in St. John’s.

“Marine Atlantic themselves should be looking at reducing management costs, and the high annual rental rate of $313,000 paid for offices for senior management,” said Parsons in a Thursday morning press release.

He wants to know why so many management jobs are in St. John’s and why North Sydney has more ferry jobs.

“Our province is the key reason for the existence of Marine Atlantic, yet the majority of people employed by the ferry service are in Nova Scotia, not Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Parsons in a press release. “There are almost 100 more jobs in North Sydney than there are in Port aux Basques. This is our ferry service, our constitutional guaranteed link to the mainland.”

In addition to questioning Marine Atlantic, Parsons slammed the province for not taking preventative measures to protect the service.

“The only thing this government can do is to respond to bad news when it happens,” said Parsons. “I am calling on government to send a delegation to Ottawa to lobby for improved funding for Marine Atlantic, whose funding arrangement will expire in March 2015.”

Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: North Sydney, Port aux Basques, Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador Ottawa

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