Estimated icebreaker costs of $ 7.25 billion will continue to skyrocket shipbuilding costs

Ottawa — The federal government’s plans to build new vessels for the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard are shaken by higher soaring costs.

The latest blow comes from this morning’s report from Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves-Giroux, who estimates that Ottawa’s decision to build two new polar icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard will cost $ 7.25 billion. ..

This is well above the government’s latest estimate released in 2013, which will cost the project $ 1.3 billion.

Some of the cost explosions could clearly lead to the decision to build two heavy icebreakers instead of one, but Giroux’s report is also due to the government’s plans to build ships at different shipyards. Indicates that there is.

The Liberal Party government announced in May that it would buy two polar icebreakers instead of one, one at the Vancouver shipyard and the other at Quebec City, without warning.

The decision to add a second icebreaker to divide the work was seen by some analysts with the aim of helping the Liberal Party’s election opportunities in these two communities.

Canadian press