Through the end of June, the Port of Halifax reported a 19.6 percent decline in business from the same period last year. But today, citing unnamed sources, allnovascotia.com reports that figures from July show that port business is down still more-- 20.2 percent, compared to the same period last year. And:
More alarming is that on a pro-rated basis, the port could end the year with the lowest containerized cargo tonnage in a decade.
This is bad news indeed for port workers, and also for the grandiose plans for Halifax becoming a megaport. How much lower do shipping figures have to drop before the business and political class acknowledges that the dream of Halifax becoming the "Atlantic Gateway" is just that--- a dream?