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Bluenose Restoration Project 'Bungled,' Taxpayers Claim

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

29 November 2013


The shipyard put in charge of the construction of a second replica of the famous fishing and racing schooner, Bluenose, built in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1921, has been criticized by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), as the still-incomplete vessel is more than two and a half years late, and has cost more than three times the amount budgeted, at the expense of local taxpayers.

"Bluenose" is part of Nova Scotia, Canada's heritage, and has been used as a nickname for the province's inhabitants since the late 18th century. During its career as a racing vessel it scooped 17 consecutive International Fishermen's Trophies from 1931 until 1947. The original replica, built in 1963, was decommissioned and dismantled in 2010.

The construction of a second replica, to be known as Bluenose IV, was proposed to establish a "new ambassador for Nova Scotia and Canada," using taxpayer funds that would have been used to maintain the first replica, Bluenose II.

Documents obtained by the CTF through the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act shows that the company that was placed in charge of creating Bluenose IV has been paid CAD1.3m (USD1.23m), far more than the original tender of CAD375,000, and the project is now more than two and a half years behind schedule.

The CTF has contended that the project should be passed over to the Department of Transport to complete. Kevin Lacey, Atlantic Director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said: "The real shame of the government's bungling of this project is the stain it has put on the proud history of the Bluenose. It's time to end the CAD25,000 monthly payments to the consultants who can't seem to get the job done and pass it on to the folks in Transportation who might be able to pull the project out of the fire."

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