Inverness Council is siding with the CEO of the Strait of Canso Superport, Tim Gilfoy, who believes the changes purposed to the Municipal Government Act in Bill 85 are unfair.
Gilfoy sent a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil detailing his objections last month. Bill 85 allows the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to sell or lease certain property at a price less than market value. It also allows the municipality to allow tax concessions to the owners of industrial property.
“The proposed amendment creates an uneven playing field with respect to attracting industrial projects to the province of Nova Scotia,” Gilfoy’s letter read in part. “It has particular implications for the Strait of Canso Port.”
After Gilfoy’s letter was sent, the bill passed.
Even so, Inverness County Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie said Inverness Council would contact the Premier to let him know local councillors stand with the Superport