The below 'Letter to the Editor' was submitted to the Montreal Gazette.
In Mark Cardwell’s Sept. 30 article about Davie shipyard, Mr. Vicefield’s critical view of the Government of Canada’s shipbuilding knowledge and the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is not justified.
The foresight of the federal government to establish NSS has set Canada on a course to a vibrant and sustainable marine and shipbuilding industry.
In 2011, Irving Shipbuilding was selected through the competitive and transparent NSS to construct Canada’s future naval combatant fleet. Since then, we have invested more than $350 million to build North America’s most modern shipyard and provide Canada with needed shipbuilding capability.
Our work under NSS has resulted in over $1.1 billion in spending commitments across Canada. This includes more than $51 million in Quebec, with companies like Bronswerk Group. All Canadians can be proud of this strategy.
We recently started constructing the second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship. Our guaranteed cost arrangement with Canada, in which we assume the risk of cost overruns, motivates us to efficiently build Canada’s future fleet.
The article incorrectly states that we “made an unsolicited bid to build” a humanitarian aid vessel for the Government of Canada. Unlike Davie’s unsolicited Project Resolve, we submitted a paper to the 2016 Defence Policy Review outlining a concept for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief vessel.
We support the Government of Canada’s commitment to providing our navy and coast guard with the tools needed to operate successfully. If there are needs outside NSS, we welcome open competition to ensure Canada gets the best value.
President, Irving Shipbuilding Inc.