this from the sea horse’s mouth says it all–read it and howl:
Government may tap a non-Canadian for shipbuilding program
The federal government may turn to a non-Canadian expert to get its ambitious national shipbuilding program shipshape.
Speaking in an interview with iPolitics, Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote said the government needs help and getting someone who knows how to build warships is more important than ensuring the job goes to a Canadian.
“We would prefer (a Canadian) obviously but we also want to get the expertise. We want to be able to have, within the department, an individual who understands the building of combat ships.”
“We’re in the process of searching out and finding that individual. We will go wherever we have to go but obviously we’ll go where people are used to building warships so we get that expertise in the department.”
The problem, said Foote, is that Canada has had a boom and bust cycle of shipbuilding in recent years, which means that the government doesn’t have the expertise necessary to properly oversee the program launched by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.
“We’re…going to hire within the department someone with expertise and experience in building warships,” Foote explained.
“That doesn’t exist here. Don’t forget — the shipbuilding industry…there really hasn’t been an industry in the last 20 years. There have been ships being built but no big builds from the government of Canada. So, not only would the department not have that experience or expertise but even the shipyards had to get up to scratch.”..