Nova Scotia Minister says it's being shortchanged on highways

| 3/3/2006

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia wants the federal government to start sending more highway dollars.

Deputy Minister of Transportation David Darrow has asked Ottawa for $160 million in additional funding so the province can stop dipping into other funds to fix highways.

Darrow testified before a legislative public-accounts committee earlier this week.

Darrow testified that Nova Scotia sends $135 million to $140 million in fuel excise taxes to Ottawa, and sees much less in return come back for roads.

Critics of Darrow’s request, such as New Democratic Party Member of the Legislative Assembly Graham Steele, say Darrow is inflating the figures.

The province is reported to spend $50 million more each year on roads than it takes in from fuel taxes, according to The Canadian Press.