B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says it’s an unacceptable situation.
Back in 2011, Seaspan was named the winning bidder in the federal government’s competition under it’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to replace Canada’s aging non-combat navy, Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada vessels.
Yesterday, the Chantier Davie shipyard in Quebec made an unsolicited bid to the federal government — for a project already awarded to Seaspan.
Bond says she expects Ottawa to honour the original deal, and notes Seaspan has invested $170-million dollars modernizing shipyards in Vancouver and Victoria.
For her part, Procurement Minister Judy Foote has rejected a set of unsolicited bids from Chantier Davie Shipyard.