NDP Leader Lorraine Michael. — Telegram file photo
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael was in Grand Falls-Windsor Saturday to again call attention to the lack of a province-wide 911 emergency service.
“Newfoundland and Labrador is the only North American jurisdiction without province-wide 911,” Michael said in a news release.
She’s been calling for such a service since being elected party leader five years ago.
Michael said despite commitments made in the House of Assembly by government, it still has failed to act by implementing a full 911 service.
“We have heard for years the promises and the excuses, and yet government has not done anything,” she said. “Making 911 service a priority is about government taking seriously the needs of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.”
The NDP election platform states the party will “speed up the process of establishing enhanced 911 (service) province-wide” in it’s first year in office, if it forms the government on Oct. 11.
“It is ridiculous the people of the province have had to wait so long for what most people in Canada think of as basic infrastructure,” Michael added.
Currently only the St. John’s, Corner Brook and Labrador West regions have 911 service in Newfoundland and Labrador.