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NEWS RELEASE July 27, 2004

B.C. politicians and media invited to tour Vancouver Shipyards facilities in North Vancouver Wednesday July 28 at 10:30 a.m. to see that BC shipbuilders totally capable of building 3 Super C Class ships worth $500 million in British Columbia; unions and company will present information

VANCOUVER - The BC Shipyard General Workers’ Federation is inviting B.C. politicians and the media to tour the Vancouver Shipyards facilities in North Vancouver on Wednesday July 28 at 10:30 a.m. to see that BC shipbuilders are totally capable of building 3 new Super-C Class ferries worth $500 million at a competitive price.

The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Vancouver Shipyards, owned by the Washington Marine Group, located at 50 Pemberton Avenue in North Vancouver

Federation president George MacPherson says the tour will take approximately 60 minutes, including a presentation by the Washington Marine Group and Allied Shipbuilders of North Vancouver.

“We want to show BC politicians, the media and the public that there is no doubt we can build these 3 new Super-C Class ferries and create 2000 jobs and a reported $500 million investment right here at home,” MacPherson said. “There is no need to give jobs and investment away to a foreign shipyard in Europe.”

The Federation has invited elected federal, provincial and municipal representatives on the tour, including Premier Gordon Campbell, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, BC NDP Leader Carole James, North Vancouver-Seymour Liberal MLA Dan Jarvis, North Vancouver-Lonsdale Liberal MLA Katherine Whittred and West Vancouver-Capilano Liberal MLA Ralph Sultan.

Also invited are federal Industry Canada Minister David Emerson, who is Liberal MP for Vancouver Kingsway, North Vancouver Liberal MP Don Bell, Vancouver East NDP MP Libby Davies, West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast Conservative MP John Reynolds, Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative MP Gary Lunn, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Liberal MP Keith Martin and North Vancouver Mayor Barb Sharp.

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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