Yesterday shipyards in Halifax and Vancouver were selected over a shipyard in Quebec to provide over $33 billion in work for new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy. The federal government went through great effort to make the decision not appear political – having the decision made by independently of politicians and even announced by a public servant. MacKay said it’s the most fair contract award process ever in Canada. “There’s never been a more fair process, more inclusive, more transparent. Lots of oversight, fairness monitors,” he said prior to the announcement. “This will be decided on merit.” Armand Couture, a spokesman for Davie – operator at the Quebec shipyard in Lévis – said his company is disappointed with the decision. “We were convinced – and still are – that the structure we put in place is perfectly adapted to deliver large scale shipbuilding projects.