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rotestors gathered outside MP Peter MacKay's constituency office to speak out against the $25 billion ship building contract Thursday. A similar protest occurred at MP Scott Armstrong's office in Truro.

NEW GLASGOW - Three protestors opposing the construction of warships as part of the federal government's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy gathered at Defence Minister Peter MacKay's office yesterday.

According to Tamara Lorincz, they don't want the government to waste tax dollars on warships.

"I'm going to tell our members of parliament that they have increased our country's national debt to $606 billion and they are running an annual deficit of $26 billion. We simply cannot afford the financial risk of the warships," she said.

Lorincz has been protesting the $25 billion warship contract every week outside the Irving Shipyard in Halifax.

She delivered a petition calling on the federal government to redirect military spending to urgent social and environmental programs and the creation of a green economy.

A petition was also delivered to Cumbeland-Colechester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong in his Truro office.

Allan Bezanson of 'No Harbour For War', a group that advocates for the de-militarization of Halifax and its harbour, says Peter MacKay has not served Canadians interests. This is despite MacKay's repeated reelection to the House of Commons.

"He is the instigator of NATO war conferences in Halifax, which is one of the largest gatherings of warmongers in Canada," he said.

Overseas naval missions, such as that undertaken by the HMCS Charlottetown, are also considered to have been under the guise of American Imperialism.

"Yes, that ship took part in the devastation of Lybia, one of the progressive, prosperous, best living, education and health in all of Africa under Gadhafi," he said.

Both groups participate in weekly protests: 'No Harbour for War' pickets every Friday at the corner of Spring Garden and Barrington and Lorincz's Wednesdays Against Warships occurs weekly outside the Irving Shipyard.

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

Organizations: House of Commons, NATO

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Canada, Africa Spring Garden

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  • SOMEONE WHO KNOWS
    February 26, 2013 - 07:58

    All these protestors worried about wasting money on "Warships" should seriously do their research a bit more before they head out preaching ignorant blabber. First off, all our Canadian Naval Fleet does more with their "warships" than parade around threatening firepower. They spend a great deal of their peacetime activities regularly supporting CANADIAN Government Departments such as Fisheries, Coast Guard, RCMP and Transport Canada with their ability to identify and investigate environmental issues (Fisheries enforcement, Pollution, poaching), with law enforcement related issues (human, arms, narcotics and goods smuggling and trafficking), and with Search and Rescue Support and Disaster recovery and cleanup. ALL for Canada. So I think everyone should start thinking about the consequences of not having these ships available to assist these Canadian programs rather than focusing on the fact that they are "Warships". Just because our Armed forces are not having their egos rubbed in the media daily for all the exceptional work at home helping other Federal programs does not mean that they were not there behind the scenes assisting Departments that do make it too the news. Educate yourselves protestors.

  • Sam
    February 25, 2013 - 07:59

    Hate to disappoint you Westvillian, but the days of other nations doing our dirty work for us are over. You want respect as a country you best have the means to walk the walk as well as talk the talk!

  • Dave
    February 22, 2013 - 17:21

    If you can't muster more support than 3 people, especially when you are protesting full time, there is little to no chance of being taken seriously. In fact, based on the comments here, they seem to be doing their cause more harm than good.

  • ron hildebrand
    February 22, 2013 - 10:37

    we need new ships,to protect us from the evils in this world,no protection, no freedom,no freedom,then you three ... wont be able to make ... of yourselves,,get a life,get a job,,Maybe the government should quit sending aide to other countries and use that money here in canada,because the evil ones are already slipping into canada.,,,,im x navy,the more they spend on defence,the better...

  • Sam
    February 22, 2013 - 10:37

    Skeptical Westvillian, you could not be more mistaken. You cannot have it both ways. If you are a SOVEREIGN NATION, you DO NOT look to others to defend you and assume that they will, for that matter. By your misinformed logic, we may as well still have the Royal Navy patrolling our shores instead of the RCN. As far as questioning the need for defence is concerned, have you just awakened from a ten-year coma?

    • skeptical westvillain
      February 22, 2013 - 14:33

      If you believe we are living in a sovereign nation, you should give your head a shake.

  • frog
    February 22, 2013 - 10:16

    To you three people, who in my mind, are wasting very valuable time, with such a minute protest, why dont you spend your time helping at the food bank, summer street industries, etc. This protyest was so hilarious to so many and i really dont think your protest chants could be heard as far as the "tara" across the street. P.S., no doubt, in the next 10-20 years from now, you will have a child or grandchild, working at the shipyards, and their taxes will be used in part to fund your continous care at some point in your lives.

  • Markus
    February 22, 2013 - 08:58

    Only in Pictou County can you have 3 postesters in a protest, just wanted to say that no one in the county ever bans together.....good on you Pictou County

    • hahaha
      February 22, 2013 - 18:54

      Why do you diss pictou county on this one? I think it's because there isn't many more than 3 people that believe they shouldn't be built here...the minority belief does not mean we should back them, why should we protest just for the sake of protesting? If there was a good cause you would see more people "ban together"

  • Skeptical Westvillain
    February 22, 2013 - 07:51

    I am on the fence for this one, as much as i would like all these people to get jobs and all the spin-offs from it, in the end it comes from taxpayer money. While i feel the money will help Nova Scotians, i Can't help but think what do we need war ships for? Who is Stephen Harper protecting us from? We are already part of NATO and the UN, which would definitely stick up for Canada, if anyone were to attack us. If you haven't figured out war is only for profit, than pick up a book. Chances are Harper's buddies will be getting all the best jobs and contracts, and when he doesn't get re-elected will be appointed the head of some bologna organization at our expense.

    • jack w
      February 22, 2013 - 18:28

      Dear Skeptical Westvillian, Who is protecting us from? have you any clue what is going in the world? Have you not watched the news in the last 50 years? Do you think if you just pull the blanket over your head the boogieman will go away? We're Canadians so no one will hurt us? You tree hugging lefties are so living in your own universe far from reality.

  • Tolerates Crackpots
    February 22, 2013 - 06:51

    Was this the same Alan Bezanson who ran against Peter MacKay a few years ago as the Marxist-Leninist candidate in Centra Nova? His hero Gadhafi-duck says a lot about him whoever he is.

  • wake up
    February 22, 2013 - 00:55

    I'm all for peaceful protests, I'm all for peace. I also realise that countries need to protect themselves militarily from attacks lobbed by those who don't embrace peace. It's a necessary evil. I support our military, and wish to see them with solid, safe equipment...who among us doesn't cringe when we see a SeaKing helicopter, because they're old and fraught with problems. When the new and better equipment creates jobs in our region to build these ships? It's win-win. Canada is respected world-wide as a peace-keeping nation.

    • common sense isnt common
      February 22, 2013 - 09:08

      I agree wholeheartedly with "wake up". The money this contract will bring Atlantic Canada is sorely need! The jobs that will be created from the contract are the hopes of many people here and away. For some this will be a chance for the ones who had to leave to find work to come home. Also Canada is surrounded by water on three sides, if any part of the military deserves money investment, its the Navy. As for three Persons who want that money to go else were, As Canadians, we don't start conflicts, we defend people who can't defend themselves. Gaddafi got what he deserved from his own people. If he was so great why did the country turn on him?...

  • Pipe dream
    February 21, 2013 - 23:24

    A 3 person protest to change a 25 billion dollar contract. Funniest thing I have read in awhile...Get a job hippies

  • Aaron J
    February 21, 2013 - 22:58

    When the Liberals were in power, over 60,000 known terrorists entered and settled in Canada illegally, who knows how many since all hiding in the woodwork across the country, all taking their terroristic ways with them. Are they sleepers? There's 1000's more BinLaden's and Khadafi's loose in the world, you don't have to be that smart to know their track record, and they ate getting more violent and powerful daily. These nuts want to scrap new ships and planes and military, it won't be until they start floating dirty bombs into our ports, or blowing things and people up. it's only a matter of time. If these protesters and bleeding hearts have their way, we will be down to throwing timbits from canoes and little Cesna planes at the enemy, then these same nuts and bleeding hearts will be the first to scream why we got rid of everything. Count on that too! Wake up from your dream of a happy flower hippy love world. Better yet, I'm sure our fime members in uniform would gladly take them for free to some warzones around the world and they can give out hugs and tell them to just be nice and share a cup of tea with them. I'm sure that'll work.

  • Family oriented NS resident
    February 21, 2013 - 21:19

    notice how there is only 3? Whether these are warships or not, this means there is jobs in NS for our skilled professionals and unskilled labourers, instead of shipping them all out west. There is always someone wanting to protest things, even those that are good for the economy and our locals. If we didn't get this contract it would be even more people protesting for jobs in the area. At least our locals can go 2 hours away for work instead of 3-4 time zones and away from their families.

  • Joe
    February 21, 2013 - 20:18

    Go hug another tree!! War is terrible, absolutely, but thinking that not building ships here at home will change the world is ludicrous. "More social programs" you say, that's just what we need, to burden the working few with yet more welfare and handouts!! Leave your picketing and get to work if you want to help!!! My two cents.