Deputy minister to answer questions on delayed Bluenose restoration

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s deputy minister of communities, culture and heritage is expected to answer questions today about the problem-plagued restoration of the Bluenose II.

Bluenose II

Kelliann Dean is scheduled to appear before the public accounts committee in Halifax.

The schooner was supposed to return to regular sailing two summers ago after an extensive two-year rebuild at a cost of $15.9 million, with $4.9 million from Ottawa.

But the restoration has suffered from budget overruns and repeated delays, prompting Premier Stephen McNeil to ask the province’s auditor general to review the project.

Last month, McNeil announced that David Darrow, his deputy minister and the clerk of the Executive council, would assume oversight of the restoration.

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives say McNeil and Darrow should be the ones appearing before the committee.

Organizations: Executive council, Opposition Progressive Conservatives

Geographic location: Halifax, Ottawa

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