Shipbuilder now says its OK with release of shipbuilding agreements

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. says it will withdraw its request to overturn Ottawa’s decision to release parts of the umbrella agreements signed earlier this year as part of the national shipbuilding procurement project.

OTTAWA — Irving Shipbuilding Inc. says it will withdraw its request to overturn Ottawa’s decision to release parts of the umbrella agreements signed earlier this year as part of the national shipbuilding procurement project.

The private company filed an application with the Federal Court earlier this month arguing that the documents contain sensitive information that should not be made public.

But in a brief statement today, the company says it will no longer pursue its judicial review application.

Irving Shipbuilding says it filed the application because there was a short window of time to review the Public Works Department’s decision to release portions of the umbrella agreements.

The company says now that it has had the time to review the department’s decision, it has no problem with it.

Public Works agreed to release parts of the umbrella agreements that the federal government signed with the Irving shipyard in Halifax and Vancouver’s Seaspan Marine Corp. shipyard following a request under access-to-information legislation.

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