NSPE board to meet with agriculture minister

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BIBLE HILL – Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell will be meeting Wednesday evening with the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (NSPE) commission board.

Bruce Kennedy, chairman of the NSPE board, is looking forward to meeting with Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell on Wednesday.

And while board chairman Bruce Kennedy is eagerly awaiting whatever message Colwell may bring, he is not about to speculate on what precisely it may be.

“That’s a good question because nobody’s picked his brain yet, I don’t think,” Kennedy said of Colwell. “And we’re all kind of waiting for some news to see what his plan is.”

About two weeks ago, Colwell announced that the province would be hiring a company to conduct a financial audit of the financially stricken NSPE’s operations.

The NSPE owes $422,000 to the Nova Scotia Farm Load Board, including arrears of more than $170,000. Last week, the board called in that loan, effectively taking control of the NSPE’s operations and putting it firmly in the hands of the government.

The move also stalled plans by the County of Colchester to take over the facility by buying out the Farm Loan Board debt.

While the management details have yet to be worked out, Colwell has promised that it will be “business as usual” as far as the day-to-day operations and users of the facility are concerned until a long-term management structure can be put in place.

“Now, we as a board ,wait to see what his plan is,” Kennedy said. “You don’t know what is waiting for you. It’s a guessing game and at this particular time, with what’s gone on, I’d hate to speculate anything. He seems to be of the mood that would be positive for every possible scenario. And I’m anticipating that if that’s that mood then I’m hoping that becomes reality. Because we all could use that.”

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

Organizations: NSPE board, Nova Scotia Farm Load Board, Farm Loan Board

Geographic location: Colchester

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