- March 18, 2012 - 10:00
The DND damage-control trolls such as Lane and his/her ilk are still on here trying to deflect blame from MacKay's department by implicating the provincial government, claiming this was a ground-based SAR theatre hence provincial responsibility. Nothing is further from the truth. Burton Winters was not lost on land, he was lost on the drifting pack ice of the Labrador Sea. Drifting pack ice is amongst the most treacherous of marine environments, Mr. Perry Dyson can attest to that (see link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/26/nl-dyson-winters-226.html ). Open sea water can appear anywhere at anytime under the influence of winds, waves, currents, and tides. DND is the agency properly equipped to conduct SAR in such a hazardous marine environment, not the provincial government. Indeed, that DND did not respond when the call for help went out actually put land-based SAR responders unequipped for such a hazardous marine environmental at increased risk, as the incident involving Mr. Dyson clearly indicates. The partisan trolls can try to twist and turn this tragic incident to deflect and divert blame from MacKay's department, and how low is that? Despite the vile attempts at spin and damage control by these partisan trolls, the facts surrounding the Burton Winters incident speak for themselves. And NLers will never forget that, no matter what.
- March 18, 2012 - 18:05
Johnnny, if you're suggesting that I have any link to DND, you are wrong. And if you are suggesting that this was a marine search, you are wrong again. The search for Burton Winters was carried out as a land search. The province assumed jurisdiction and was in charge the whole time. Search parties looked for Winters on foot, and the province dispatched its own contracted SAR helicopters. Only when those searches failed was DND contacted to render assistance. If it had been a marine rescue, DND would have had jurisdiction from the outset. This was simply not the case. Also, Winters was not found on drifting pack ice - he was found on an ice shelf attached to land.
- March 17, 2012 - 22:49
Another BS-laden partisan diatribe from Johansen. The province, not the federal government, has primary responsibility for ground search and rescue. And the rescue coordination centre in St. John's has nothing to do with helicopters. SAR aircraft for all of Atlantic Canada have always been coordinated from Halifax. St. John's only coorddinates boats, not aircraft. Finally, I fail to see how the Conservative SAR policy is any different from the Liberal SAR policy. Goose Bay, and Labrador as a whole, has the same number of SAR helicopters, personnel and other assets as when the Liberals were in power.
- Cyril Rogers
- March 17, 2012 - 08:53
Mr. Penashue is but the latest in a long line of MP's whose loyalties to their party supercede their responsibilities to their province, once installed as the Cabinet representative for the province. That too is an antiquated and divisive process. Any person who has integrity and is guided by principles of fair play must, of necessity, put them aside once they step in that cauldron that makes up the federal cabinet. Frankly, it is dominated by Ontario and Quebec or, in this case, heavily influenced by the West. Never has there been a time when the interests of this province have been fairly represented, although we have had a few strong Ministers in the past. Lately though, we just seem to get party lackeys who look out for their own preservation. I can't blame them totally for that, as self-preservation is a product of a dysfunctional system, exploited to the maximum by the dictator-prone Harperites.