At the time the Harper government's move was unprecedented.

"After amassing the facts and carefully deliberating, the Government of Canada determined that proceeding with (Davie) is the most viable course of action to provide the navy's (temporary) at sea oil replenishment capacity,'' she said in a statement.

The Liberals also faced pressure from the two companies that received contracts in the national shipbuilding program Irving Shipbuilding, in Halifax, and Seaspan, in Vancouver. Both wrote letters protesting the deal with Davie.

587M Deal For Navy Supply Ship At Quebec's Davie Shipyard

Trudeau's decision sparked a strong rebuke from Quebec politicians who pointed out the ship was already purchased and in the Davie yard and that hundreds of workers had already been hired.

LEVIS, Que. After putting the project on hold, the federal government announced Monday the Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec will be granted the sole source Youth Canada Goose Expedition Parka Red Singapore contract to provide a temporary supply ship for the navy.

Davie's work should be completed within two years and the ship is contracted to serve the navy for a period of five years, with an option to renew for up to another five.

Defence sources had told The Canadian Press that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put the plan on hold because his government was uncomfortable with the sole source nature of the arrangement.

The minister said the government will "undertake a review of the process'' for sole source contracts for military procurement.

The Conservative government had arranged for Davie to retrofit the ship through a sole source process rather than a competitive one after it was forced to retire its two, 45 year old replenishment vessels.

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Procurement Minister Judy Foote said the contract, which is valued at up to $587 million, will be given to the shipyard to upgrade a civilian tanker to act as a military replenishment ship while the navy's long delayed, joint support ships are built as part of the national shipbuilding program.

Foote noted in her statement that the agreement signed by the Conservatives required the government to pay Davie $89 million should the project not proceed.