Nova Scotia will commit up to $15.2 million, or 40 per cent of the projected cost, to dredge Sydney harbour, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett announced yesterday on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks.

That investment puts pressure on the federal government to make a commitment to cover the remaining 50 per cent of the dredging costs–though the project was not included in the federal budget. Cape Breton Regional Municipality has already committed $2 million to the project.

It’s hoped the dredging will begin this year and eventually pave the way for a $200-million container terminal that would allow Sydney’s port to accommodate the largest container vessels in the world.

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