Shipbuilding is Complicated, Hiring Canadians Is Not

I have followed politics in this country my entire life. I have seen governments come and I have seen governments go. And I’ve noticed they’ve all got a few things in common. One: I believe they all try their best. Two: No matter how hard they try, they cannot build or buy ships. What governments can do is announce they’re building ships and then later they cancel the ships.

Building ships is one of the most complicated things in the entire world. The numbers alone are astronomical.  We’re talking billions and billions of dollars. And no matter what the agreed upon cost, there is always a clause that says if anyone breaks wind the price goes up 200 percent.

Now luckily for governments most people would never question anything about ship procurement because they just don’t feel smart enough. I get this.  I mean who am I to say anything about the building of an ice breaker or a war ship. But some things I do understand. For example, I know that the Government of Canada is paying Irving Shipbuilding in Nova Scotia 30-billion dollars to build ships. And they have created lots of high skilled jobs. 

But the slippery slope of job loss is beginning. Irving has closed their carpentry shop and they’re now bringing in carpenters from Spain. Carpenters. I don’t know much but I know this: we’ve got carpenters. Alberta’s got carpenters. I would go so far as to suggest that Alberta might even have some carpenters that are looking for work.

Look, I get it.  If you have a project and you need a specialty act, like you need someone who knows how to land the satellite on the comet, by all means bring in Dr. Gillibonky and his team. But if Irving needs people to install wall panelling, which is what those carpenters are doing, hire Canadian or give the 30-billion back.

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