Letters to the Editor

Canadian ship builders aren’t competitive enough

To the Editor,

The reason for the last three B.C. Ferries being built overseas was to shop for the best dollar value for the B.C. taxpayer, exactly the way taxpayers shop when buying items in their personal lives.

In the last bidding process, there were 14 bids, with only three from Canada. The final bid went to a shipyard in Germany because its bid was 40 per cent below the lowest Canadian bid.  Included in the contract was personal guarantees on delivery dates and performance. A win-win situation. New ferries will not be built by Canadian companies, unless they become more competitive.

Joe Sawchuk

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