MacLauchlan government inaction failing Georgetown Shipyard and Kings County: Myers
GEORGETOWN – Island workers and communities are missing out on economic opportunities from the federal shipbuilding projects and other contracts due to ongoing inaction from the provincial government to revitalize the East Isle Shipyard in Georgetown, says Opposition Leader Steven Myers.
Myers, the local MLA for the Georgetown area, made his comments following the recent announcement that the Halifax Shipyard has begun full rate production for the $25 billion federal shipbuilding contract.
“Halifax has started cutting steel for our naval ships while this government continues to miss the boat,” said Myers. “The local workforce around Georgetown and the many Islanders working out west are missing out on the generational opportunity for steady, good-paying jobs close to home because of the failings of the MacLauchlan government.”
The federal shipbuilding strategy will create 15,000 well-paying, skilled jobs in our region. Myers noted that this megaproject is not the only contract which Georgetown is set to miss out on.
“I am repeating my call for the Premier and his Cabinet to make renewal of the East Isle Shipyard a key economic priority,” stated Myers. “The government is also aware of other available contracts but has taken little to no action to date. Georgetown and communities throughout Kings County could benefit greatly from a revitalized shipyard, bringing hundreds of well-paying skilled jobs with it.”