It’s highly unlikely the province is going to reconsider its plan to exclude Cumberland County from bidding on northern Nova Scotia’s new jail.

Speaking to reporters in a conference call from Sydney this week, Premier Darrell Dexter reiterated the process being used to select the site of the jail is based on economics and best serving the facility’s catchment area — not geography.

“The process is based on finding a central location for that facility,” the premier said.
“The decision was made on the basis of what the best value would be for the province.”

The county’s five municipal leaders and Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott have asked the province to reconsider the exclusion from the bidding process, and have asked for an independent economic impact study.