In response to the B.C. Ferry Commission’s invitation for comments on the proposed purchase of new vessels for B.C. Ferries, I would like to make my position clear.
I am absolutely against awarding a contract to any firm outside Canada and would preferably like to see it awarded within B.C. I am aware that doing this may increase the cost but I am willing to see our province and country absorb this increased cost to keep the construction within Canada.
If there are no firms capable of fulfilling this proposal then I suggest we delay the awarding of such until someone is capable or available. This may mean a delay of several years but so be it.
I feel it is imperative we give our citizens the opportunity to build these vessels, thrive and contribute to our economy. I am tired of hearing the litany of excuses and reasons why they can't be awarded locally.
It is time we bit the proverbial bullet and started bringing good jobs back home.