Today, we want to acknowledge the hard work of the staff at Irving shipbuilding, as we receive Canada’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf.
Over three years since the announcement of our fully funded defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we are reaching another milestone.
Because we made sure our Defence Policy was fully funded, our sailors will have the confidence they will receive all of the ships outlined in the National Shipbuilding Strategy. This includes six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy.
This milestone is important for our homegrown defence industry, for the Royal Canadian Navy, and for the protection of Canada.
By investing in a National Shipbuilding Strategy and our homegrown industries, we’re providing a roadmap for our government to build and acquire the ships it needs. And that investment ensures we’re working and supporting Canadian shipbuilding companies, industrial partners and workers right here at home.
By investing in this strategy, we will have created or maintained over fifteen thousand jobs annually across the country, including 200 high-skill, middle class jobs at the Irving Halifax Shipyard, with the potential for more than 100 subcontracting jobs.
Every single worker at the Irving has done incredible work to deliver these impressive ships to the Royal Canadian Navy.
The work you’ve done to build these ships for the navy is highly skilled work.
It’s critical work… demanding work.
And because of the work you have done, in 2021, the Royal Canadian Navy and all Canadians will get a ship that is modern, multifunctional, and flexible.
This will allow those who serve to have what’s needed to navigate one of the most challenging and ever-changing environments on the planet.
Thank you for all that you have done to bring this ship to this point and thank you for all the work you will do on the other five AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy.
It is a great accomplishment. Thank you. Merci beaucoup.