Lévis – April 8 2011 – The Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate for Lévis-Bellechasse, Francis Laforesterie, announced that a Liberal government led by Michael Ignatieff will support the recovery of the Davie shipyard. It will extend, necessary, the change of ownership requirement so that Davie Yards is not excluded from the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, valued at $35 billion.
“Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, and Steven Blaney in particular, have done nothing to defend Davie Yards. Mr. Blaney waited until Day 13 of the campaign before coming to the defence of Davie. We can clearly see that he refuses to stand up for the region’s economy and hundreds of jobs in our region,” said Francis Laforesterie, Liberal candidate for Lévis-Bellechasse.
The Davie shipyard is currently in negotiations with a consortium which includes Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri. However, the deadline for submitting a bid to the competitive bidding process in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is this coming July 7, and bidders must communicate all changes of ownership by May 18. If negotiations with Fincantieri are not completed by this date, Davie stands to lose access to this lucrative contract, which would seriously undermine its recovery and put many local jobs at risk.
During a joint press conference, Francis Laforesterie and Denis Coderre, Liberal candidate for Bourassa, committed a Liberal government to provide Davie Yards every opportunity to take part in the competitive bidding by extending the deadline on the change of ownership.
“A Liberal government led by Michael Ignatieff will be flexible on the May 18 deadline. The deadline for bid submissions, however, will remain July 7 2011,” stated Denis Coderre.