Irving Shipbuilding argues against release of shipbuilding deal agreements

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OTTAWA - Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has asked the Federal Court 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 court earlier this month arguing that the documents — which were requested under access-to-information legislation — contain sensitive commercial information that should not be disclosed.

Irving Shipbuilding says the Public Works Department notified them last month that portions of the requested documents would be made public.

But the company argues that Public Works is wrong to release them because they are exempt under the Access to Information Act, adding that their disclosure could result in financial loss.

The agreements were signed in February and are intended to govern the construction of Canada's next fleet of navy ships in Halifax and Vancouver.

Irving Shipbuilding is also seeking the costs of its application to be covered.

Organizations: Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Federal Court, Public Works Department

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Canada, Halifax Vancouver

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