Davie unveils entire ship, Irving rolls out some steel modules
Nowhere has the distinction between two Canadian shipyards been so drastically defined as it is this week. In two days, Davie Shipyard will unveil the largest naval ship ever built in Canada. It is a remarkable - and historic - achievement for the legendary Quebec shipyard .. Meanwhile, the opportunists at Irving Shipbuilding, which was tasked to build ships way-y-y-y back in 2011, finally managed a couple days ago to roll out some steel modules which will one day form part of the ships which will cost Canadian taxpayers almost 5 times the cost of what other countries have built similar ships for. The above selfie shows 'Big Bad Jim' Irving and toothy cheese-eating-grin'd sidekick Kevin McCoy comfy-cosy with Treasury Board President Scott Brison and the indefatigable Pat Finn, of all people, the longtime DND Assistant deputy-minister for material purchases, best known for bobbing and weaving around myriad departmental procurement debacles over the years the way Mohammed Ali used to float around the ring in his heyday. Pat's the one who's peering over Big Bad Jim's left shoulder. Irving, btw, will make billions on the deal with its 'overhead & profit' payout. Billions. And the higher the cost-overruns (the PBO's recent warnings suggested Canada's 'shipbuilding strategy' is budget-busting towards $61 Billion), the more money to be made on the deal. The mind boggles. Interesting that while touting the miracle-like benefits of his Halifax shipyard to fawning politicians and beleaguered Canadian taxpayers, Jim instead has his own shipbuilding needs satisfied by foreign shipyards located outside Canada. Curiously, embattled Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, a Canadian hero, is nowhere to be seen in this 'boys only' high-five'r. Meanwhile, the parliamentary press gallery aligns itself to wonder what colour Justin's socks are today.
Time to yank shambolic management team & hit reset button on out-of-control Navy frigate program .. costs soar toward $60 Billion with no restraint in sight .. PBO's dire warnings .. bidder complaints, risk of pullout .. incomprehensible cloak of secrecy .. giveaway jump-the-queue citizenships for overseas foreign workers who come take Canadian jobs .. uncontrolled delays .. ridiculous management structure overseen by someone who has never built a frigate ..