Time for MacLauchlan to stand up for Island shipbuilding: Myers

GEORGETOWN – It’s long past time for Premier MacLauchlan to stand up to the federal government to ensure Prince Edward Island’s shipbuilding industry benefits from the federal shipbuilding program, says Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers.

Myers made his comments following reports that the Trudeau government has decided to allow large swaths of the $36 Billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to be done by non-Canadian shipyards.


“This national shipbuilding strategy was intended to revitalize shipyards across Canada like the one in Georgetown, creating long-term industrial benefits and jobs for Canadian skilled workers,” said Myers. “It was bad enough that our Premier has been asleep at the switch in seeking out opportunities from that program. Now we see the Trudeau government planning to outsource the work offshore and the Premier is silent as a mouse again. It’s long past time for the Premier to stand up for Island industry and skilled workers.”

Myers has repeatedly called on the province to pursue subcontracting opportunities from the $36 Billion National Procurement Strategy that would breathe new life into the Georgetown Shipyard, creating lasting good paying jobs here at home for Island skilled workers. With the ongoing downturn in the energy sector Myers feels that it’s even more important for the province to take a leadership role in pursuing job benefits for Island skilled workers.

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