NDP Question of the Day: Government still dragging its feet on 911

NDP Municipal Affairs Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) called attention to the lack of 911 service in large portions of Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the government’s latest announcement of a study is yet another example of its reluctance to deal with the issues of rural residents of the province.

“Another study – to consider the feasibility of the service? It’s outrageous,” said Murphy. “In most of North America, dialing 911 in an emergency is considered basic, vital infrastructure.

“The government must move, and move soon, to give all residents of the province access to this basic safety tool.”



NDP Caucus: “Our House is Open”
Question for December 5, 2011
George Murphy, MHA, St. John’s East

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Mr. Speaker, Newfoundland and Labrador remains the only province or state in North America without jurisdiction-wide 911 coverage.

In October government announced a feasibility study to explore the options of 911 and E-911 services in the province.

The report from that study is not due until the end of March 2012.

Mr. Speaker, the people of this province have been waiting for years for what most people in Canada consider basic infrastructure. It is outrageous government now wants to make them wait at least another year.

We don’t need to keep studying whether or not basic infrastructure is feasible. We already know it is vital.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister of Municipal Affairs, will he give the people of this province firm timelines for the implementation of this basic service for the whole province?

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