FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
08 JUNE, 2011
NDP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO STOP CLOSURE OF RESCUE FACILITY
New Democrat Atlantic Caucus united in opposition to cuts to Search and Rescue
OTTAWA — The New Democrat Atlantic caucus is calling on the federal government to immediately reverse its decision to close the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in St. John’s, NL. The NDP’s 6 East Coast MPs met this morning and top of the agenda was the proposed closure. The news came last night that the facility was one of the first things to suffer due to the Conservative’s proposed $56 million in cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
“The closure represents a blatant disregard for the safety of the men and women of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Ryan Cleary, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl and the Chair of the Atlantic Caucus. “Our workers often risk their lives to do their jobs in the fisheries and the offshore oil Industry. It is our duty as a country to ensure that they are protected by the best possible search and rescue standards.”
A release from a communications officer at DFO Tuesday confirmed that rescue facilities would be closed in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Quebec. The services provided by these centres will now be administered out of Halifax, NS.
“This is not about jobs or saving a few dollars here and there,” said Robert Chisholm the newly elected Member of Parliament for Dartmouth–Cole Harbour. “This is about the safety of workers who do their job on our coasts, that’s an issue that all Atlantic Canadians understand.”
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