Shipyard focus of Tory announcement
Progressive Conservative Leader Olive Crane was in Georgetown yesterday to outline her party's plan for the economy.
Crane said the province needs to be more active in supporting a bid from the Irving-owned shipyard in Halifax for a $25 billion contract from the federal government.
"Under the PC governments in the past, when governments are in, the shipyard is booming," said Crane.
"Our intention, the day upon election, is to make a call to the group that has the Atlantic bid in place. We want to support them in that … We have a well-trained work force here. They are ready to go, and we will make that happen."
The East Isle Shipyard is also owned by Irving, and would likely get subcontracts if the Halifax bid is successful.
Crane also discussed funding for small business.
A Tory government would establish a small business capital fund of $2 million for micro loans, she promised. Entrepreneurs would benefit from a $250,000 program set up specifically for them, and all provincial lending would be centralized in a single agency.