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Trudeau set to make Canadian Coast Guard announcement in Vancouver

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make an announcement Wednesday in Vancouver about the future of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Some key cabinet minister will also be attending the announcement, including Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough. Also in attendance will be Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard Jeffery Hutchinson.

The news conference will be held at HMCS Discovery, the Royal Canadian Navy facility in Vancouver.

Industry sources are suggesting the announcement will focus on the long-term renewal plan for the Coast Guard. That will include the potential of new ships beyond what has already been identified in the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The rollout will be similar to the Liberal’s Strong, Secure and Engaged defence plan, which promises future spending.

At the same time that Trudeau is making his announcement on the west coast, Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and MP for Quebec will be making another announcement about the Coast Guard. That will happen at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Quebec City.

Postmedia reported on May 6 as part of renewing the Coast Guard, federal officials had recommended to the Liberal government that two more Arctic and offshore patrol ships be built. But instead of providing those to the navy the ships would be delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard.

The additional ships would help head off any layoffs at Irving on the east coast, which is building the ships, and would allow the Liberal government to head into the federal election in the fall claiming it was delivering on its promise to rebuild the coast guard.

At the time the Liberals had yet to sign off on the plan, sources added.

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