“I can’t believe it,” says Tory, a candidate for a Chinese ship deal, while “two Michaels” remain imprisoned.


The fact that the federal shipbuilding contract has spread to China’s state-owned conglomerate is “unbelievable”, especially if Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor continue to be arbitrarily imprisoned in China.・ Paul Hus said.

Paul Hus, a Conservative MP and his party’s public security minister before the election was called, said the royal company gave a Swedish company a $ 100 million ferry contract, which subcontracted 200 constructions. I was responding to the news that I did. -A 1-meter ship to a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

“The Conservatives are very angry with this,” Paul Huss told The Epoch Times. “Especially on all issues [Canada has] All problems with the Chinese government, two Michaels, and the Uighurs. That’s unbelievable for us. “

Globe and Mail is a royal company, Marine Atlantic Inc., and Stena North Sea Ltd in Sweden. Reported that it has awarded $ 100 million in a five-year contract for a 200-meter passenger ferry. Jinlin Shipyard, a huge state-owned enterprise based in Nanjing.

“Canada has a shipyard that can build that kind of ship, so we can’t support this,” said Paul Hus. “So the first question is, why do we give the Chinese government some contracts?”

According to a Marine Atlantic press release, the deal with Stena was open to domestic and international bidders and followed a competitive procurement process “supervised by an independent fairness monitor.”

Marine Atlantic has the option to buy a ferry from Stena at the end of the five-year charter contract, Release said. The 1,000-seater ferry will be delivered between 2024 and 25 and will operate between Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia.

“Ownership of the shipyards Stena chose was not taken into account in the procurement process,” a spokesperson for Marine Atlantic told Globe, referring to the Chinese merchant industry.

Paul-Hus says it’s okay for the federal government to sign a contract with Stena, but he had to find out who Stena’s subcontractors were first. In addition, Chinese state-owned enterprises are heavily subsidized and it makes no sense to compete with Canadian enterprises.

“Currently we are funding Chinese companies. We need to understand that [Jinling Shipyard] It is subsidized by the Chinese government.Canadian companies [are having] It’s very difficult to get the same price. You can’t bid at the same level, “he said.

He added that the awarding of the contract would send a negative message to the Canadians.

“When we see our government have some contracts with China, especially the Chinese [state-owned] Companies, people can’t understand it. They come and say we need to work here in Canada first. “

This is not the first time the federal procurement process has been a problem. Last July, Chinese company Nuctech won a $ 6.8 million contract with the federal government to install X-ray security equipment at 170 Canadian embassies, consulates and high commissioners around the world. ..

Given Nuctech’s relationship with the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party, founded by the son of former CCP leader Hu Jintao, and its relationship with the Chinese military, the deal raised urgent security concerns.

In a testimony at the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Quotations on November 17, 2020, Lorenzo Ieraci, Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement of Canada, said: In this case it was Global Affairs. “

“Our procurement approach does not currently exclude companies or companies in any particular country. At the time of the procurement process, there were no identified security risks, so the process proceeded in the same way. “Ieraci said.

In June, the Commission submitted a report to Congress on a study of the competitive procurement process at the federal level, along with nine recommendations.

Focusing on Nuctech’s transactions, this report warns that contracts will be concluded primarily on the basis of price. We recommend that you “focus more on the best value for Canadians by including value propositions that focus more on qualifications and quality, rather than focusing primarily on price.”

Paul-Huss said that if conservatives were elected, he would cancel the Stena contract and guarantee that the ferry would be built in Canada.

The Epoch Times asked the Liberal Party for comment, but did not respond by the time it was published. During a campaign on August 25 in Surrey, British Columbia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his party was “concerned about this situation” and the procurement process to “fit our values.” Said to continue to improve.

Isaac Theo

Isaac is a Toronto-based reporter.