Your editorial “To the rescue,” May 3, addresses a recent search and rescue announcement without dealing, in any way, with the substance of the announcement.
Instead, it presents your readers with the most partisan piece of drivel I have read while serving in this position.
Your readers should be aware that Peter MacKay, as minister of National Defence and lead federal minister for search and rescue, recently made significant announcements to support and enhance Canada’s search and rescue systems, including:
• The first standardized, comprehensive quadrennial search and rescue review involving all partners.
• Flexibility of 30-minute response times.
• Better tracking and reporting of aircraft and crew availability.
• An investment of $16.2 million for search and rescue satellites.
• An investment of $2 million to update the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax to better serve those in need.
• An improved Canadian beacon registry website at www.cbr-rcb.ca.
The quadrennial search and rescue review that Minister MacKay initiated ensures Canada’s search and rescue system remains responsive to the needs of Canadians for decades to come.
As part of this exercise, savings and efficiencies in the Department of National Defence, including some of the funds currently allocated to supporting the Challenger fleet, will be re-allocated to front-line priorities that include search and rescue as a “no-fail mission” for the Canadian Armed Forces.
This is a minister who delivers time and time again for those who serve and save Canadians.
director of communications for the
minister of National Defence