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NEWS RELEASE September 15, 2004

Liberal MLA Dan Jarvis to accept more than 10,000 messages today from British Columbians opposed to BC Ferry Services building 3 new Super C Class ferries worth $500 million in Germany from BC Shipyard Workers Federation; MLA will receive messages at 11:30 a.m. at North Van office

VANCOUVER – BC Liberal MLA Dan Jarvis will accept more than 10,000 messages today from British Columbians opposed to BC Ferry Services building three new Super C Class ferries worth $500 million in Germany and deliver them to MLAs in Victoria .

The BC Shipyard General Workers' Federation will deliver boxes of emails, letters and newspaper ad coupons to Jarvis at 11:30 a.m. at his North Vancouver-Seymour constituency office at # 4 - 1501 Lynn Valley Road .

Federation President George MacPherson says Jarvis has agreed with a request to deliver the messages to Victoria for distribution to MLAs.

“We really appreciate the support that Dan Jarvis has given to the shipyards and shipyard workers in his riding,” said MacPherson. “We still hope that other Liberal MLAs will listen to Mr. Jarvis and listen to the overwhelming majority of British Columbians who don't want 2000 direct jobs and a $500 million investment exported to Germany – before it's too late.”

The BC Ferry Services Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Friday on a contract with Germany 's Flensburger Shipyard to build the ferries.

Jarvis described the BC Ferry Services plan to build the ferries overseas as “blatantly stupid” in July.

“There are no valid reasons to indicate that BC shipyards are not capable. The two biggest ferries that we have and for that matter the whole BC fleet were built by the private sector and organized labour,” Jarvis wrote in a letter to the North Shore Outlook newspaper printed July 22 . “ I have contacted my colleagues in cabinet and many agree with me and will be bringing it forward today in cabinet.”

MacPherson said the Federation collected the messages from newspaper ads it placed in daily newspapers, emails sent via the Federation's website and letters sent to its offices.

The newspaper ad coupons read: “ I/we, the undersigned, demand the BC Liberal government insist that BC Ferry Services build BC ferries in BC shipyards, not in foreign countries!”

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. For background, please go to: www.bcshipyardworkers.com

 

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