You'll never see it IMO
Buying outside the country takes that money outside the country into other hands.
I've given some consideration to government spending, after some tutoring about the gun registry, by a certain person who is a whole lot smarter then me.
When the government spends money, unlike what the opposition party would have us think, the money isn't "wasted". It is redistributed into the country.
For example the gun registry was located in the Mirimichi, an area that had been devastated by the collapse of the local economy. The registry put jobs and money there and allowed people to continue paying taxes. When the Harper government trashed the gun registry, there was a shitload of jobs gone. So they put the government pay centre there. Of course everyone who worked at the gun registry now weren't qualified, so most probably lost jobs, but the wages were still going into the area. It's the same as the building of the Bluenose, everyone here is screaming about the cost, but, I think, other then the very specialized wood for the hull,pretty well all the money went back into NS.
Those ships will be built hell or high water in those yards. Davies is doing a lot of work as well. There is a steady stream of ships going into their yard. However, I suspect, the profit isn't good enough. They have only got up and running a couple of years ago from their multiple closures and every time they closed they burnt suppliers. I wonder how that's working for them now.
It continually amazes me that BCFC is allowed to build ships out of country, then they go looking for federal and provincial monies.
I'm only an engineer not an economist though
. Just some observations.
And, look at all the government ships. The newest were built in the 80s. Government built for a 40 year life span. Expensive, but immensely strong. Commercial jobs, 20 years max, and they change hands pretty quick once the bloom of youth is gone.
In government, it's the politicians who decide when infrastructure is replaced so you better build for the long haul. If they sniff the air and decide they might get the boot, then expensive things like ships are political suicide.