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Davie shipyard funding more equitable since 2015, but long-term contracts needed for stability, say experts

By Neil Moss      

While the federal government says Davie shipyard has received $2.1-billion as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy since 2015, a spokesperson for the shipyard says the sum is actually around $300-million.

The MV Asterix, which is being leased by the Canadian Navy, was converted by Davie shipyard. The interim auxiliary oiler services it provides has come at a cost of $620-million over five years—encompassing more than a quarter of the funds that the Quebec shipyard has received under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence/Sgt. Devin VandeSype

As federal shipbuilding funds for the Quebec-based Chantier Davie shipyard have increasingly become more equitable in comparison to Nova Scotia’s Irving shipyard and B.C.’s Seaspan shipyard, Quebec MPs are pushing for more contracts for the shipyard and for it to be formally brought into the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Neil Moss

Neil Moss is a reporter at The Hill Times covering federal politics, foreign policy, and defence. 
- nmoss@hilltimes.com


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