Feds give $51.4 million for Halifax convention centre

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The federal government has committed $51.4 million for a new convention centre in Halifax. Defence minister Peter MacKay made the announcement this morning at an $80/plate Chamber of Commerce breakfast attended by about 200 of the business and political elite of Nova Scotia. Notably absent from the event were NDP MPs and MLAs from the peninsula.

“If we build it, they will come,” said MacKay of the convention centre, discounting criticism that the business case for the convention centre is overblown. Building the convention centre, said Mackay, will “take the ‘no’ out of ‘Nova Scotia.’”

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