Canada's defence and security industries are ready to get the job done
OTTAWA, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s visits to
the Irving Shipyard in Halifax, NS and the Seaspan Shipyards in
Vancouver, BC, where he announced the conclusion of agreements in
principle for the building of ships that will protect Canadians and
defend our sovereignty, further demonstrates the federal government`s
commitment to create the right conditions for our industries to
contribute to Canada's prosperity agenda and deliver world class
Canadian-made equipment to enable the Royal Canadian Navy and the
Canadian Coast Guard to accomplish their missions, said Tim Page, the
president of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security
"Today's announcement provides further momentum for the National
Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and for the creation of jobs and
economic activity across Canada," said Page . "We are encouraged by the
positive steps taken by the government to make defence procurement work
for Canadians. CADSI believes that today's announcements are key
building blocks of a defence industrial strategy that will strengthen
this sector for the benefit of all Canadians."
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) launches the
development of a strong shipbuilding and marine industries that will
provide benefits for decades to workers and the communities in which
they live. Utilizing Canadian expertise and innovation to outfit our
made-in-Canada ships is a key component that will ensure Canadians
receive maximum value from this $35-billion investment. It will also
foster the development of a leading-edge, competitive capability that
will help Canadian companies compete on the international market.
"Canadian workers from the marine, system integration and defence
electronics sectors have the skills and know-how to work alongside
their colleagues from Canada's shipbuilding sector to provide
state-of-the art equipment and services that will best serve the men
and women who defend our country and patrol our coast," said Page.
"This is an important way for the government to stimulate innovation,
job creation and help Canada make its mark on the world stage."
CADSI is a national, not-for-profit, business association that
represents the collective interests of its members. It represents 880
member companies that employ 90,000 knowledge-based workers and that
generate $10 billion a year in direct military sales to the Canadian
and foreign governments.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
For further information:
Tim Page - 613-235-5337 x 24