Massive Government Procurement Will Revitalize Halifax Shipyard, says CAW President

October 19, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

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Today's announcement of $25 billion in federal shipbuilding contracts for the Irving Shipyard in Halifax demonstrates the key role government can play in rebuilding critical Canadian industries like shipbuilding, CAW President Ken Lewenza says.

Lewenza made the comments following the federal government's announcement today regarding $35 billion in naval, coast guard and icebreaker shipbuilding contracts under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. 
"It's an excellent example of how public monies, through procurement contracts, can be used to support jobs here in Canada. I hope that this contract will serve as a model for future decisions by governments at all levels," said Lewenza.

"Without a doubt, made in Canada does matter. This government procurement contract will provide years and years of work for these highly skilled workers, and bring long term benefits across the entire community," he said.

CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 1 represents workers at Irving's Halifax shipyard.

"Our union has done a lot of work over more than 15 years to raise awareness about the need to rebuild our shipbuilding industry," said CAW Atlantic Area Director Les Holloway, a former Marine Workers Federation president.

"Today's announcement is a huge boost to the local Halifax economy and a major step in the revitalization of the Canadian shipbuilding industry," Holloway said. "This is a major long-term benefit not only to the current members of CAW/MWF Local 1 in Halifax but also a huge boost to future generations of Halifax area shipyard workers."

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