Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Premier Kathy Dunderdale talked about the importance of federal search and rescue Friday afternoon at the close of the Council of the Federation meetings in Ontario this week.
Sitting alongside her fellow premiers at a news conference, Dunderdale talked about the need for search and rescue in coastal provinces.
“In terms of Newfoundland and Labrador, marine safety is extremely important to us, and air search and rescue is a vital component of that,” Dunderdale said. “The seriousness of the issue is seared into the hearts and minds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians by the loss of the Ocean Ranger, by the loss of Cougar 491, by the loss of 400 lives at sea, mainly through fishing.”
In a news release, the premier’s office said that Dunderdale made search and rescue a priority at the Council of the Federation meetings.
“It’s extremely important that the federal government deal with this,” Dunderdale said at Friday’s news conference. “It’s vital to the well-being of the people of our provinces and it is directly linked to a strong and vibrant economy for us.”
At the premiers’ meeting this week they also discussed issues of cyber-bullying, rail safety, energy and employment skills training.