Shut out in the 2008 federal election, Conservatives expect to do much better next time around with the six seats in Newfoundland.
But could the party be confusing Newfoundland with La La Land?
Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant is slammed in today’s Ottawa Citizen for suggesting that NL fishermen take more responsibility for their own lives and not expect to be rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard if they run into trouble.
The Ontario MP reportedly made the remarks last week during a House of Commons defence committee hearing in Newfoundland — further exacerbating the “already testy relationship between the Harper government and the province.”
Natural Resources Minister Shawn Skinner, who attended the hearing, had this to say: “A one or two foot (wave) on the Ottawa River doesn’t compare to a 60-foot wave in the North Atlantic.”
Well said, Shawn.
Norway and the United States offer standard search and rescue response times of 15 minutes and 30 minutes respectively in emergencies.
The Canadian military responds within 30 minutes during the day, but takes up to two hours during evenings and weekends.
The policy has cost Newfoundland fishermen their lives.