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No price tag yet for Nova Scotia's redevelopment of the QEII hospital

HALIFAX — Almost two years after the Nova Scotia government announced the redevelopment of Halifax's QEII Health Sciences Centre, those managing the ambitious project have yet to determine how much the project will cost.

Paul LeFleche, deputy minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, told a legislative committee today that about $40 million has been spent so far and about $138 million has been committed for future spending.

However, LeFleche told the public accounts committee the final budget is still being worked out.

As well, he said it wouldn't make sense to reveal such a number now because that could cause problems with tenders if the government decides to use a private-public partnership model.

Tim Houston, the Progressive Conservative finance critic, says the budgeted process appears to be taking a long time.

As for the timing of the project, the department's executive director of major projects, John O'Connor, says the proposed completion date is 2022 or beyond.

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