Tory leader opposes highway tolls

Doug Gallant, The Guardian
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Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Fox says proposed highway tolls in New Brunswick would have a damaging effect on the Island's economy and residents.

Fox is joining other Maritime politicians, including Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, in raising concerns over the placement of the tolls.

He says P.E.I.'s exports are mainly trucked through New Brunswick to destinations across North America and tolls would drive up the cost of those goods.

Fox, who is calling on P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan to fight the idea, also says tolls would hurt the pocketbooks of Islanders who travel to the mainland for medical care.

The New Brunswick government is considering three toll options as it considers how to chop away at its massive debt and deficit in a budget to be tabled Tuesday.

McNeil has said New Brunswick has the final say but hinted that one of those options - a toll at Aulac, N.B., near the Nova Scotia border - wasn't a good idea.

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  • Guy Doucet
    January 31, 2016 - 20:47

    New Brunswickers don't want tolls - Period. Anyone who finished second grade can see the stupidity in tolls. Let me explain it for Roger Melanson: Ready Roger? Ok, assuming the province needs an extra $100 Million (meaning that you failed at cutting costs), then the NB population will have to pay $100 Million. Here's the important part Roger: *** If you build a toll to collect this money, and the toll will cost $10 Million dollars plus $4 Million per year, then the NB population will have to pay $150 Million dollars over the next 10 years. And government being what they are, I’m convinced that the tolls will cost double what you’re estimating them to be, so really the NB population will have to pay $200 Million - which is $100 Million for absolutely nothing.

  • Brian
    January 29, 2016 - 15:20

    What is wrong with being happy wasting the money they get from fuel taxes?? People need to really oppose this and every other grab or face the poverty they deserve. Turn off the tube and let them know enough already. We all can stop this.

  • James
    January 29, 2016 - 14:56

    Never mind NB Mr Fox., you have a big enough mess right here that you are avoiding. One , the contract with Avery arranged by Crane and Perry. Second , the flush fund grab and now increased electrical rates. What the hell are you doing as an opposition, other than apoloizing to our Premier over the egaming scandal. You and your opposition are not better than the mustruths coming our of this current Government. You are are pretty disturbing to say the least

  • MFH
    January 29, 2016 - 13:32

    The N.B would be better off by raising the fuel tax a little bit. The cost of operating the toll structure would expensive and dilute the desired results. Oil prices have dropped and I don't think the public would mind a slight tax increase.

  • Jim Trucker
    January 29, 2016 - 13:16

    VERY VERY BAD BAD IDEA. What will happen is that traffic will go thru port Elgin and in NS the back way. But those Liberals will close that gap for sure

  • Interesting
    January 29, 2016 - 13:10

    But MacNeil doesn't mention the road tolls in Nova Scotia.