Search and Rescue coordinator Merv Wiseman speaks Friday at a news conference called by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to launch a video arguing it makes no sense to force Canadians to choose between a strong economy and services such as Search and Rescue. The delay in launching a Search and Rescue helicopter in the recent seach for a missing 14 year old boy in Labrador has again focused attention on the federal government's intention to shut down the Search and Rescue Coordination Centre in St. John's later this year.— Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) held a news conference in St. John’s this morning to continue the fight to save the marine rescue sub-centre.
PSAC, the provincial federation of labour and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union joined Maritime rescue coordinator Merv Wiseman and Oakley Johnston — a man rescued from his lobster boat last year — to all voice their opposition to Ottawa’s plans to close the centre, which now could happen as early as April 1.
The group also released a new YouTube video to illustrate how “absurd” the cuts are, where a squirrel stops a rescue professional from helping a mariner in need.
“Like (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper, that squirrel is just a rat with good PR,” said Jeannie Baldwin, the regional vice president for the Atlantic region of PSAC.
The groups agree that closing the sub centre will cost lives, and are unhappy that federal ministers responsible have refused to meet with them.
The video can be viewed here: www.thirdchoice.ca
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