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With an estimated $35-billion to spend on shipbuilding contracts, and the decision to favour two companies, the Tories will see fallout from picking regional winners. In the past, governments have made more of an effort to spread the wealth

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MIL-Davie Shipbuilding in Levis. Que., was closed in 1997 and declared bankrupt in early 2000. But it was reactivated in 2009.

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The 40-year-old supply ship HMCS Preserve sits in a dry dock at the Halifax Shipyard during a scheduled refit in July, 2010.

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A worker rides a bicycle past the Seaspan Queen tugboat undergoing maintenance at Washington Marine Group Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday February 2, 2011.

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Augie Ventura greases the wheel on barge cradles used to move barges in the yard as the Seaspan Queen tugboat undergoes maintenance behind him at Washington Marine Group Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday February 2, 2011.

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A worker walks away from the Seaspan Queen tugboat which was undergoing maintenance at Washington Marine Group Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C.

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