September 2, 2013
New ferries should be built in B.C.
Letter to the Editor
Re: Construction trade unions call for local shipbuilding, Aug. 5, 2013 issue of the JOC
Earlier this month, the president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C. was quoted in the Journal of Commerce as saying "The B.C. Building Trades and the B.C. Federation of Labour want ferry users to pay more money for these ships."
This was in reference to the announcement that BC Ferries wants to procure three new vessels.
Apparently Mr. Hochstein is prepared to wave good-bye to opportunities for British Columbia contractors and workers, should the B.C. Ferry Corporation source cheaper ferry construction anywhere in the world.
Local procurement means local businesses get more opportunities for development, workers receive paycheques and apprentices have opportunities to learn their trades.
Local procurement translates into profitable companies paying taxes and workers paying tax.
And, with more disposable incomes, more money is cycled through the local economy.
As a taxpayer in this province, I am prepared to pay more for local procurement of not just ferries, but for a number of other goods and services.
I want young people to have apprenticeship opportunities and for skilled workers to have employment.
I want for B.C. contractors to succeed and generate even more opportunities for others.
If we want to build the British Columbian economy, we should begin with local investment in the infrastructure that will build our province – even if that means paying a little more.
I know Mr. Hochstein and I have very different views on most everything, but on this issue he has really missed the boat.
B.C. Building Trades
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