The Navy League of Canada

The Navy League of Canada

July 27, 2009 18:12 ET

Navy League of Canada: Historic Shipbuilding Forum Gets Underway

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - A significant meeting between the government and Canadian marine industries began today in Gatineau with the attendance of four of the key Ministers responsible for federal ship procurement. The Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence), The Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans), The Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Industry) and The Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Public Works) were all on hand for the launch of the Government Shipbuilding Forum.

The Government has been frustrated with its inability to deliver on recent key promises, such as the three Joint Support Ships for the Navy and twelve Mid-shore Patrol Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.

"Recent procurement attempts have been Lose - Lose - Lose." notes Ken Bowering, the Navy League's National Vice-President for Maritime Affairs. "Our sailors have lost out on having the right tools to do their job, our economy has lost both with wasted expenditures and missed opportunities for growth, and the government has lost some of its credibility."

"However," he adds "the presence of these Ministers, and the messages they provided shows that they have been listening and are really committed to making this work."

The two day forum kicked off a forty-five day consultation period that is intended to lead to a sustainable long-term shipbuilding strategy. The Navy League applauds this new push to get ship procurement underway for the benefit of all Canadians. While proof ultimately lies in ships at sea, this is an excellent first step.

Contact Information

  • The Navy League of Canada
    Jerrod Riley
    National Deputy Director
    613-998-2952 or 1-800-375-NAVY or (C) 613-878-2952
    jriley@navyleague.ca