Liberal Delay to Navy Supply Ship Unacceptable

January 16, 2018

OTTAWA – In another setback for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Trudeau Liberals have announced they will push back the start date for building a new naval supply ship by another year. In response to the Liberals’ delay, James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, and Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement, Tony Clement, issued the following statement:

“Construction of the first of two supply ships for the navy was to commence this year. But it should come as no surprise, given how secretive the Liberals have been on this file, that construction is being pushed off until at least 2019. This is another example of the Liberals` mismanagement of the shipbuilding file, and another insult to our navy which desperately needs these new supply ships. With this further delay, it is even more imperative for the government to immediately award a contract to the Chantier-Davie shipyard in Quebec to build a second interim supply ship, the Obelix, so that the men and women of Canada’s Navy can fulfill their duties.”