Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How long would a Conservative crew be prepared to wait in the waters of Conception Bay before being rescued?

I posed the following question on Wednesday (Oct. 19th) in the House of Commons:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Canada has one of the worst search and rescue response times in the world.

A recent incident off Bell Island, Newfoundland showed just how bad it is.

After emergency flares were fired off in the area, the Canadian Coast Guard called in a provincial ferry – full of passengers – to help in the search-and-rescue effort.

It then took the Canadian Coast Guard over 3 hours to arrive on the scene.

Mr. Speaker, this is not about a limo service from a fishing lodge, this is about human lives.

How long would the Minister be prepared to wait in icy water before being rescued?

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