Still no province-wide 911 service, NDP

Dave Bartlett
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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.

 

Organizations: North American

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Corner Brook Labrador West regions

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  • Jason
    November 24, 2011 - 16:14

    I live in St. John's but I do think this is an important issue for the entire province. 911 is essential and I doubt there are many places left in North America without full coverage - expecting people to memorize or be able to quickly find numbers that are different for each service (police, fire, ambulance) in each remote community is ridiculous. What about someone travelling through the province - a tourist with an emergency, for example, will they know the local emergency numbers in a small little town like Twillingate if, for whatever reason, they require such services? Should we expect them to?

  • Duffy
    October 09, 2011 - 09:18

    911 is a great idea but remember that with 911 there is a cost attached to your phone bill of about $3.00 per month and then it goes up each year with inflation. Probably worth it but all these great promises by the MHA's who make $90,000 a year has a cost to US!