Even before being elected, Randall Garrison supported NDP Leader Jack Layton’s Globalist unionists’ support of Military Industrial Complex: AMERICAN WARMONGERING BILLIONAIRE DENNIS WASHINGTON’S SEASPAN combat + coastguard shipbuilding bids for $35,000,000,000 Canadian government contracts… Katie Hyslop @ The Tyee

Victoria Shipyards

AMERICAN BILLIONAIRE DENNIS WASHINGTON’S

SEASPAN SHIPYARDS, ESQUIMALT (Photo: The Tyee)

KATIE HYSLOP

THE TYEE

The concerns arise from a $35 billion contract the Conservatives promised to two shipyards — a contract B.C. shipbuilders fear they won’t get, spelling the end of the province’s industry.

The former-Conservative government announced a request for proposals (RFP) in February for two shipbuilding centres of excellence: shipyards that would receive billions in combat and non-combat ship work, which the B.C. shipbuilders union estimates would provide 800 to 900 jobs in B.C. for at least seven to 10 years.

While they received five proposals in total, it’s widely believedthe competition is between Seaspan, which operates the Vancouver and Victoria yards; Irving Shipbuilding, in Saint John, NB; and Davie Yards, just outside Quebec City, Que. The final decision is schedule for July.

“(That contract is) what’s going to allow the industry to grow in the future and it’ll allow them to bring new people in, new infrastructure, set up apprenticeship programs,” says George MacPherson, president of the B.C. Shipyard General Workers Federation.

Competing with Quebec was seen as a positive sign for B.C. since all companies who responded to the RFP must be solvent, and Davie was in bankruptcy. Until two weeks ago.

“They’ve just been bought by a large outfit coming out of Italy,” MacPherson told The Tyee.

 

NDP: Policy of fair distribution of work

While shipbuilding only makes up one tenth of one per cent of the province’s gross domestic product, it’s a big issue in the ridings of North Vancouver and Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, home to the province’s two shipyards.

New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton announced his plans for Canadian defense in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca on April 8, which includes building two new supply ships for the armed forces.

“Our plan will help Canadian shipyards eliminate the boom and bust cycles, provide stable employment, and keep expertise in Canada,” Layton said in a press release.

Instead of centres of excellence, the NDP plan to spread the work around to different shipyards across the country, including B.C.

“We have set out the policy of a fair distribution of the work around the country, and an emphasis on ships as the first priority of procurement, so that means there’ll be work available, and I’m very confident that the shipyards here in my riding are certainly going to be competitors for that work,” says Randall Garrison, NDP candidate for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, who is locked in a race with Conservative candidate Troy de Souza that is too close to call.

Garrison argues the Conservatives have put ships on the back burner in favour of fighter jets for the armed forces.

This doesn’t fall in line with what the NDP sees as the role of the Canadian Armed Forces: defending Canada, assisting in natural disasters, and participating in peacekeeping and peace building.

WARMONGERING AMERICAN BILLIONAIRE SHIPBUILDER DENNIS WASHINGTON:

JACK LAYTON AND RANDALL GARRISON SUPPORT THIS MAN

CCC PEACE PROPAGANDA 2011

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5 Responses to Even before being elected, Randall Garrison supported NDP Leader Jack Layton’s Globalist unionists’ support of Military Industrial Complex: AMERICAN WARMONGERING BILLIONAIRE DENNIS WASHINGTON’S SEASPAN combat + coastguard shipbuilding bids for $35,000,000,000 Canadian government contracts… Katie Hyslop @ The Tyee

  1. goyodelarosa says:

    CONSERVATIVES SET TO SINK BC SHIPYARDS, FEARS UNION:

    KATIE HYSLOP

    THE TYEE

    APRIL 11, 2001

    http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/04/11/BCShipyards/

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    WARMONGERING AMERICAN SHIPBUILDER DENNIS WASHINGTON’S PAGE @ WIKIPEDIA:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Washington

  3. goyodelarosa says:

    Jack Layton on ndp defence policy… during the 2011 election campaign:

    YouTube video:

  4. goyodelarosa says:

    http://www.doh.wa.gov/Publicat/2011_news/11-105.htm

    Washington State Government

    Puget Sound Radiation Level mapping

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