Michael wants inquiry to prevent future tragedy, clarification on government’s REDB stand

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

Today in the House of Assembly, NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) pushed the premier to call an inquiry into search and rescue services in the province.

Michael stated the NDP is not interested in laying blame in the death of Burton Winters. A public inquiry with the full involvement of both levels of government and other interested parties could result in the development of fail-safe protocols.

In the House Michael asked, “Can [the premier] put in place an inquiry to develop appropriate protocols for search and rescue so that needless tragic deaths never happen again?”

Michael also continued the NDP push to have the provincial government bridge the funding gap for the province’s Regional Economic Development Boards (RED Boards).

“Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador insists these boards play an important role in coordinating municipalities, and developing and encouraging the capacity building necessary for regional economic development,” stated Michael.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask the Premier, will she acknowledge the importance her own administration has placed on these boards and find the funding to allow them to continue?” Michael asked in the House.

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