PORTLAND — Nova Scotia’s economic minister will be in Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss new ferry service between Maine and Canada.

Graham Steele, minister of economic and rural development and tourism, will be in Portland to meet with various groups and officials, including Gov. Paul LePage and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.

Last week, Steele said STM Quest Inc., a joint venture by Eliot-based Quest Navigation Inc. and two other firms, was tapped to set up and run a ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The service would restore a ferry operation that was cut in December 2009.

Canadian officials have pledged to subsidize the ferry service at $3 million a year for seven years.

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