Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees are planning to hold a demonstration in front of the legislature Friday in opposition to the cancellation of three provincial ferries. Spokesperson Rev Robert McDowell tells CHSJ News they will gather at the Boyce Farmer's Market parking lot and begin a parade to the legislature at 11:AM.
Last month's provincial budget announced the elimination of ferry service at Gagetown, Hampstead and Belleisle as a cost-cutting measure. Rural residents and those who work on the ferries believe the elimination of the ferry service at the end of the month will hurt their life style. Meanwhile, the group "Save Our Ferries" will be hosting a BBQ directly on the Belleisle ferry this Sunday from 2-5 pm. They will be raising money in support of their Legal Fund to fight the Liberal government's decision to shut down the ferry service.