Two Conservative MPs from the region denounce the Trudeau government’s intention to invest approximately $ 3 billion to transform the facilities in Esquimalt, a competitor to Chantier Davie, in British Columbia.
Steven Blaney, deputy for Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Lévis and Jacques Gourde, deputy for Lévis-Lotbinière, speak in particular of a “liberal injustice” towards the Davie site.
Ottawa would commit to funding a $ 3 billion project to allow the western Canadian yard to increase its production capacity.
This project aims to transform the Esquimalt ship repair yard near Victoria, British Columbia, into a complete shipbuilding facility. This is government property leased to the Seaspan Company.
“It is inconceivable that taxpayers are financing a private company when Chantier Davie already has the necessary production capacity. This is a flagrant injustice, because the Chantier Davie has never benefited from preferential treatment. In addition, Chantier Davie has been waiting for months for a contract to be signed with the federal government, ”says Steven Blaney.
Chantier Davie is still trying to put pressure on the federal government to obtain the contract to build the large Canadian icebreaker.
Since last March, the Canadian shipyards Davie and Seaspan have been leading a standoff to secure the contract for the construction of the polar-class icebreaker CCGS John G. Diefenbaker for the Canadian Coast Guard.
In Ottawa, the House is adjourned until Monday, January 25, 2021.