I rose today (June 14th) during Question Period in the House of Commons and asked the following two questions:
Senseless, reckless, hasty, and dangerous.
These are just some of the words used to describe the decision to close the rescue communications centre in my riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.
Experts, unions, the provincial Fisheries minister, and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have all spoken out against this indefensible move by the Conservative government.
Will the Minister listen to the people of my province and reverse this reckless decision?
Where are this government’s priorities?
They find billions for fighter jets and corporate tax giveaways, but then make cuts that jeopardize the safety of Canadians who work off our shores.
We have one of the worst search and rescue response times in the world.
I repeat, in the world.
We should improve our services, not cut them.
Will the minister abandon his rash cuts, and implement the Wells inquiry recommendations to improve our rescue response times — and save lives?