Foote ta­bles search and res­cue pe­ti­tion

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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