OTTAWA, ON – Given the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy to ensure that both its Atlantic and Pacific fleets can be re-supplied at sea, Shadow Minister for National Defence James Bezan, Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement Tony Clement and Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Todd Doherty today issued the following statement:
“Conservatives believe in acting quickly to supply Canada’s Armed Forces with the equipment they need to get the job done. The Royal Canadian Navy desperately needs a second interim supply vessel to ensure our fleets on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts can be supplied at sea. The Davie shipyard has already delivered MV Asterix on time and on budget. Given the needs of our men and women in uniform, the federal government should award a contract to Chantier Davie Canada to build MV Obelix as well.
“If the Liberals do not act now to build a second interim supply ship our naval fleet on at least one of Canada’s coasts will have to continue to rely on our allies for re-supply. For Canada, the nation with the world’s longest coastline, to rely on others to re-supply our Navy for an extended period is simply unacceptable.
“When faced with the de-commissioning of HMCS Protecteur and HMCS Preserver due to unforeseeable events, our Conservative government acted to fill the needs of our Navy. This resulted in the timely delivery of a vessel that will help fill a capability gap until permanent supply ships are constructed. This procurement success happened in spite of the efforts of this Liberal government to cancel the project.
“To be clear, this isn’t about taking work away from other shipyards or interfering with the National Shipbuilding Strategy. While we remain concerned with the Liberal mismanagement that has caused needless delays to the construction of new Navy and Coast Guard vessels, we believe the Liberals should follow our lead and act now to let the Chantier Davie shipyard build a second interim supply vessel.”