Rally Photos: August 10, 2004
Former B.C. Premier Bill Vander Zalm got an enthusiastic welcome from shipyard workers at a rally August 11, 2004 outside the Washington Marine Group's North Vancouver dry docks.
"I just can't believe what I see happening. These are jobs that must be kept in the province," Vander Zalm said of BC Ferries' plan to build 3 new Super C-Class ferries worth over $500 million in a foreign shipyard.
"I'm here to protest with you a dumb decision, a decision not based on good economics," Vander Zalm said. "The Finns don't pay taxes in Canada . The Germans don't send over their ships little or big to be built in B.C. We've got to look after ourselves."
George MacPherson, President of the Shipyard General Workers' Federation, tells workers that building BC Ferries in Europe is unacceptable. MacPherson was joined at the rally by BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and acting North Vancouver District Mayor Alan Nixon.
More than 500 shipyard workers and supporters rallied to oppose BC Ferries' plan to export 2,000 direct and up to 3,500 indirect jobs to a foreign shipyard in Germany .