Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lack of Contracts for Davie Shipyard an 'Injustice,' Says Quebec Premier

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lack of Contracts for Davie Shipyard an 'Injustice,' Says Quebec Premier

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Couillard says Davie needs more federal money

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QUEBEC - The lack of federal contracts for the Davie shipyard near Quebec City is an "injustice," Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Tuesday as he urged Ottawa to send a strong signal to workers at the facility.

There are not two but three shipyards in Canada and Davie needs to stay active, the premier told The Canadian Press in an interview.

Davie recently completed the Asterix supply ship and its workers were expecting an order from Ottawa for a second one.

But the Canadian Forces decided another ship wasn't necessary and, as a result, 113 workers were recently told they would be let go, while up to 800 could lose their jobs by Christmas.

"The near totality of the contracts has been concentrated in British Columbia and the Maritimes," Couillard said. …

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