DIEPPE, N.B. — The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) says it was wise of the New Brunswick government to not move forward in implementing highway tolls.
The association says the province could not absorb both an HST hike and highway tolls at one time.
“We know the province is facing financial challenges, but we also know that tolls would have made the economy less efficient and would have impacted not only the transportation sector but every consumer,” said APTA executive director, Jean-Marc Picard. “Today’s decision means companies in both our sector and in all sectors in Atlantic Canada can be confident governments will listen to their advice about what works to bring more opportunity to the region.”
Picard said APTA will work with government to find ways to improve efficiencies between the industry and government.
“At a time when it’s clear we face significant challenges in Atlantic Canada to bring economic growth to the region, we applaud the government for its clear commitment to address the province’s fiscal situation,” Picard added.