Murphy calls for transparency from government on provincial ferries

NDP Transportation and Works Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says government must begin to be transparent and accountable regarding their troubled ferry fleet.

The latest stop-gap measure from government has The Flanders doing double duty on the Bell Island Tickle while the Beaumont Hamel is shuffled to the Fogo and Change Island run to replace the Earl Winsor which is undergoing an extensive inspection and re-fit.

“Aside from the obvious concerns about what happens if The Flanders runs into trouble,” said Murphy, “I have to ask if government plans to return vessels to service before they are fully repaired?”

Murphy is hearing reports that some vessels have been returned to service with certain exemptions, meaning there is still work left to be done according to the inspection reports.

“This government has mismanaged the provincial ferry service from the start of their mandate. People have concerns which government should address,” said Murphy. “The minister should immediately allow all the inspection reports of our ferries to be made public. In the interest of public safety government makes restaurant inspections public. The same standard should apply to ferry inspections.”

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