Foote tables search and rescue petition
Random-Burin-St. George’s MP Judy Foote tabled a petition in the House of Commons May 29 signed by over 10,000 Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
The petition is in support of an increased Search and Rescue presence in Labrador following the tragic death of Burton Winters.
Mrs. Foote said the petitioners called on the federal government to commit to full-time and fully operational search and rescue services to be placed in Labrador.
“Those of us who are familiar with Labrador know only too well the difficult terrain and the circumstances under which people can sometimes get lost. The reality is this tragedy should never have happened.
“If search and rescue services were on the ground, if they had responded in the manner in which they should have responded, everyone who has signed this petition, all 10,000 people, fully believe that Burton Winters would be alive today.”
Mrs. Foote indicated the overwhelming support of so many from all over Canada who have come together to sign this petition is remarkable.
“I sincerely hope the government has taken note of their voices and will now do everything in its power to ensure a similar tragedy never occurs again. In light of the tragic death of Burton Winters, now more than ever, it is clear a full independent review of all search and rescue operations must be carried out to ensure the safety of all Canadians.”