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Canadian Coast Guard Needs New Ships Now: Doherty

Conservative Party of Canada | May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Prince George, B.C. — Todd Doherty, Conservative Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, released the following statement today regarding the Trudeau government’s announcement for the Canadian Coast Guard:

“While Conservatives support the much-needed procurement of new ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, we are concerned that the Liberals have waited until the last minute to make this announcement and have no plan to actually deliver. Just like we saw with their defence plan, the Liberals continue to make big spending promises, with no plan to actually pay for them.

“The Liberal record on shipbuilding is abysmal. There have been numerous delays because of Liberal mismanagement, which has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. This includes repeated extensions to the design competition for the Canadian Surface Combatant. Justin Trudeau has also refused to award the conversion contract for the second supply ship, Obélix, to the Davie shipyard despite the fact that they delivered the Astérix on time and on budget.

“Our previous Conservative government was proud to launch the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, to deliver the ships our men and women in uniform need and deserve. However, clearly more must be done. No Canadian shipyard should be sitting idle. The Canadian Coast Guard needs new ships, especially heavy icebreakers, as soon as possible.

“Conservatives have been pressuring the Trudeau government for years on this very issue. With the longest coast line in the world and oldest coast guard fleet, it is about time this Liberals took notice. Conservatives will continue to support the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure that they get the ships they need to keep Canadians safe, while ensuring the best value for taxpayers.”

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For more information contact:

Office of Todd Doherty, MP
Todd.Doherty.A1@Parl.gc.ca
(613) 328-5867