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?