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  • Peter
    May 26, 2012 - 16:18

    No, Angus. I think what the Premier is doing is putting this situation in the hands of those responsible. The feds. She has made the right decision on this matter.

  • Angus Andersen
    May 25, 2012 - 23:29

    Her fellow MHA's don't realize she's ALLOWING SAR, DND, Mackay and all those affiliated with Burton's situation get away with LIES, STALLING TRUTH, HIDING THE TRUTH, and basically saying "ITS OK" to lose a child cause of people not willing to step up to what is RIGHT? HOW can she go day to day with a CHILDS death on her hands and jump both sides of the fence? Wake up MHA's mayors, AngajukKaak and Innu Leaders - WE elected you to represent us and where are you?

  • Jean
    May 25, 2012 - 22:01

    I understand what "Point the Finger" is implying - it will not only be the government who has to answer questions in an inquiry. The family will be under close scrutiny and have a lot of questions to answer as well. Burton's life and behaviour will also be closely examined. It is possible that the Premier is trying to protecting the family from this invasion of their privacy.

  • Point the Finger
    May 25, 2012 - 11:29

    It easy to BLAME!! Everyone is asking what the government is going to do to make sure this doesent happen again. Is anybody asking what that child was doing out on a snowmobile so far out on the ice. I understood it be to be the law that children of his age be supervised while operating snowmobiles. Who was supervising this child and where were they? I dont feel the goverenment is the only one to be answering questions.

  • Cyril Rogers
    May 25, 2012 - 09:46

    According to the information given, Gander had 3 Cormorants available but effectively only one because of a lack of crew. They couldn't take this Cormorant to help rescue Burton Winter and leave nothing available for their primary operations, according to Minister McKay. Since when did primary rescue responsibilities morph into being a part time service? Yes, it has been that way for years but surely there is something wrong with this picture! Why are there not three dedicated crews available in Gander AT ALL TIMES. Why has SAR become a nine to five service? Emergencies are not going to occur at the convenience of SAR, but that appears to be the mindset! One can understand that there are bloated Ministries and bureaucracies in both the federal and provincial ranks but.....to relegate SAR to bankers hours has always been, in my mind, negligent at best, and, criminal in terms of the needs of people working or living in the environment off our coast. While this emergency was by no means entirely a federal responsibility, it is incumbent on the feds to provide a dedicated 24-hour service and crews for SAR and, in that regard, Burton Winter was the unfortunate victim of negligence. Furthermore, this tragedy highlights the need for at least one Cormorant crew and machine to be stationed at Goose Bay, given that Gander is close to three hours away. WE need a new TERMS OF UNION that will resolve some of these the longstanding grievances perpetrated on us by successive federal governments. We also need take a hard-nosed but dispassionate approach to Ottawa. Belligerence or hand-wringing will not cut it and we must develop an effective strategy for dealing with the feds as partners in Confederation, not as supplicants!

  • Mike Benson
    May 25, 2012 - 09:22

    The government of Canada has one position which blames the province. The province has a position that blames the federal government. Premier Dunderdale and Minister O'Brien did not dispute the action while the tragedy was unfolding. 4moths later the public outrage remains and NOW the Premier is changing her tune. We are not satisfied with her judgement: WE WANT AN INQUIRY. The government of Canada will be legally bound to testify and release documents as will her government. We don't need her government's judgement: we need a process to get to the FACTS of this tragedy. CALL AN INQUIRY.

  • Ben
    May 25, 2012 - 09:13

    Do we have an inquiry for every death in the province? A guy died in Labrador City because the air ambulance didnt arrive in time...do we need one for this as well? Just to remind those that an inquiry can bring out a lot of things, things that some may not like. Its not just about SAR, its about the practices in the community, should a 14 year old be driving a ski doo so far from home by himself, has anything like this happened before in the community, etc. To me the procedures of SAR need to be looked at and revised. Stop making this a political issue and let the boy RIP.

    • Frank M
      May 25, 2012 - 11:39

      Ben; a few points of clarification are necessary: first the air ambulance was exclusively within the jurisdiction of the NL government, we know where the fault lies. To your issue with a 14 year old being on a snowmobile (13 is the legal age to operate a snowmobile unsupervised) let me put it in these terms for you: would this situation be any less tragic if a 30 year old mother and child were snowmobiling, broke down, and then SAR did not engage to help find them? The issue here is not the age of the snowmobile operator. The issue is red tape and bickering between 2 governments while an individual managed to survive for 19 hours when SAR postponed searching due to red tape. Would you feel different if it was you operating the stricken snowmobile and no one searched for you because of flimsy excuses?

  • Russell Gragg
    May 25, 2012 - 07:25


  • Maureen
    May 25, 2012 - 06:44

    Shame on you. The people of this province wants a inquiry. What are you afraid of? I would think if it was your grandson you would certainly want one, wouldn't you. Burton Winter didn't walk 19km for nothing. He struggled to survive, waiting and hoping for SAR to pick him up. THIS IS DISGUSTING. HOPE YOU'RE SLEEPING AT NIGHT.