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NEWS RELEASE August 10, 2004

Former Premier Bill Vander Zalm to speak at rally of shipyard workers supporting demands that BC Ferry Services let BC shipyards bid on building 3 new Super C Class ships in BC; Shipyard Workers' Federation rally at Vancouver Dry Dock in North Van Wednesday Aug. 11 at 12 noon

Acting North Vancouver District Mayor Alan Nixon, BC Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair also to speak

VANCOUVER – Former Social Credit Premier Bill Vander Zalm will speak at a rally of shipyard workers supporting demands that BC Ferry Services give BC shipyards the opportunity to bid on building three new Super-C Class ferries that would cost $500 million and create 2,000 direct jobs, instead of constructing them in a foreign shipyard.

The rally, organized by the BC Shipyard General Workers' Federation, will also feature Acting North Vancouver District Mayor Alan Nixon, BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and other speakers.

The rally takes place at 12 noon on Wednesday August 11 in the parking lot of the Vancouver Dry Docks, at Pier 94 in North Vancouver.

To get to the Vancouver Dry Docks, turn towards the water off the Low Level Road , at St. Andrews Avenue.

Shipyard General Workers' Federation President George MacPherson said it is enormously encouraging that former Premier Vander Zalm has agreed to speak out on BC Ferry Services' plan to give the half-billion dollar project to a shipyard in either Germany or Finland.

“We are extremely pleased the Mr. Vander Zalm is standing up for British Columbia shipyards and British Columbia shipyard workers at this important time,” MacPherson said. “It shows there is a wide range of support calling on BC Ferry Services and the BC Liberal government to treat BC shipyards fairly and let us compete with foreign shipyards on an equal basis.”

MacPherson said the Federation has been receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from British Columbians on the ferry construction issue and will keep up the fight for fair treatment for BC shipyards and shipyard workers.

For more information : Call George MacPherson at 604-254-8204 or cell 604-220-3291 or Bill Tieleman, West Star Communications, at 604-844-7827 or cell 778-896-0964.

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