Mr. Ron MacDonald (Dartmouth):
Madam Speaker, my supplementary question is for the same minister.
Yesterday literally the first order of business of the new government and the new premier of Nova Scotia was for he and his senior cabinet to meet with backers of a private sector proposal which could see the port of Halifax develop as the North American entry point for European cargo.
They confirmed however that the major impediment to this project going ahead was the federal government's policies on rail, diesel taxation and depreciation. These are the same problems that have been raised over and over again with this minister in the House but with no response.
Will the minister now finally respond to this issue before this proposal and the hundreds or thousands of jobs that it may create are driven south of the border to the United States?
Subtopic: PORT OF HALIFAX