On Sept 1st, in a column by its federal director, Aaron Wudrick, published in the Toronto Sun, the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation (CTF) took aim at the open, fair and competitive contracts that make up the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The CTF is seeking to undermine a process that will deliver state-of-the-art ships for the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard while resulting in skilled, well-paying jobs for thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
The contracts between Irving Shipbuilding and the Government of Canada are fair, require significant domestic investment on our part and are subject to regular audits. We are contractually committed to building the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships within a ceiling price. To be clear, Mr. Wudrick’s claims of ‘guaranteed profits’ and ‘cost plus’ contracts on the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships are entirely false.
The Government of Canada has recently reaffirmed its commitment to the NSS. This is the right decision and we commend them for it. We will continue to work as valuable partners with the Royal Canadian Navy—putting Canadians and Atlantic Canadians to work while ensuring our sailors have the ships they need for the service they provide around the world.