Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up his PEI visit by addressing the issue of toll rates on the Confederation Bridge.
PEI Senator Percy Downe has been pressing the matter in Ottawa, calling on Government to address the high costs of travel for islanders.
When asked Thursday whether his Government could reduce or eliminate the tolls, Trudeau made no commitment.
He said his Government is always listening to concerns at the ground level — that communities, munisipalities and provinces tell Ottawa what their priorities are and the federal government partners with them and engages in finding solutions.
Trudeau says Government recognizes that making sure islanders can get to and from the mainland for work, family reasons and travel are the kinds of things that matter.
The PM said that was one of the reasons why they secured in the 2017 budget the continuation of the ferry service.
During his visit to PEI, Trudeau met in Brudenell with Premier Wade MacLauchlan; attended a community meet and greet at the Montague Curling Club with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay; and toured the Canada C-3 Expedition ship in the Charlottetown Harbour.