And the shipyard where it’s being constructed is owned by a US company.
As I’ve said many times before, Canada must have a much stronger homegrown defence industry in order for our nation to be truly independent.
That has been made extremely clear after a new Ottawa Citizen report which notes that Canada’s new navy supply ships are being built with American steel, not Canadian Steel.
As noted in the report, “The supply ships are being built at the Vancouver shipyards of Seaspan, which is owned by a U.S. company. The Department of National Defence confirmed the steel is being purchased from a mill in Alabama, a solidly Republican state that voted 62 per cent for Trump.”
And in case the Trudeau Liberals try blaming Harper for this one, the report makes clear that “The government awarded Seaspan an initial $66-million contact to begin building 52 sections of the new naval supply ships, or about 20 per cent of the vessels. DND said the steel for the ships was ordered “a number of months ago.”
The Trudeau government tried claiming through the Department of National Defence that no Canadian steel mill could provide what was needed. Yet, Canada’s steel industry disagrees.
“But Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said domestic firms can supply enough product. “There is capacity in the Canadian steel industry to participate in these projects,” he said Wednesday. “As a general rule, we have very high quality, quite innovative, extraordinary cost-effective producers in Canada and would like to be considered for participation” in the government’s shipbuilding programs.”
Also, the ships are being built at the Seaspan shipyards in Vancouver – which is owned by a US company.
So, despite Trudeau’s tough talk vs the US, his government stiffed Canada’s steel industry and used steel from the US instead.
It shows Trudeau’s ‘captain Canada’ rhetoric is nothing but empty words, and it shows how strategically vulnerable Canada remains due to our ‘leaders’ complete failure to build up our domestic defence industry.