Search and Rescue

NDP Fire and Emergency Services Critic George Murphy

NDP Fire and Emergency Service critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) thinks government is more talk than action when it comes to public safety. Murphy first raised the subject of “Move Over” legislation last October.

 

MR. MURPHY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, this is National Police Week, a time we remember those peace officers who have been killed and injured on the job. We can begin helping them do their job in safety by passing move-over legislation. The government has had move-over legislation on the books now for the last two sessions.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 
NDP MHA George Murphy

NDP Emergency Services Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says the latest news about misuse of search and rescue helicopters is making him question whether anyone at all in the federal government cares about the safety of residents of this province.

 

“Someone is extremely lucky that a Cougar helicopter was available in St. John’s for a rescue in Grand Falls-Windsor yesterday, especially knowing that all three helicopters at Gander’s 103 Rescue Squadron were unusable that day.” That word comes from NDP Municipal Affairs and Emergency Services critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East).

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, one of the reasons the Premier gave for not calling a public inquiry into the death of Burton Winters evaporated yesterday with the revelation the federal government will co-operate with a provincial public inquiry.

 
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.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, over the weekend we learned that government did not include the military auto taped audio tapes in the review of the search and rescue service protocol surrounding the Burton Winter tragedy.

 

NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) asked questions in the House of Assembly today about licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurse practitioners.

 

Municipal Affairs critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) asked minister Kevin O’Brien today what his department has learned from the Burton Winters tragedy.

“Undoubtedly, this was a tragedy that has shaken the country,” Murphy said. “But we have to move beyond blame and finger-pointing to ensure such an incident never happens again.”

 

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