Premier Dunderdale makes Province’s position clear on privatized SAR

“As soon as I heard the speculation Ottawa might be considering that, we contacted the Prime Minister’s Office immediately and said again to them the health and safety is the number one priority in this province. It’s an issue to which we’re highly sensitive, we’re still very, very upset over the Marine Sub-Centre, and we’re not letting that go. So please do not exacerbate this any further. And, before you have any consideration at all about changing the way you do this business, you come to Newfoundland and Labrador and you talk to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and you talk to the people involved in this industry before you take any moves whatsoever,” Premier Kathy Dunderdale said. The response? “They didn’t confirm nor deny. We passed the information on, and we’ll be in contact again. But before anything got anywhere with this, with the first hint of it, it was important for me to let the Prime Minister’s Office know that we have a serious issue here and if they were unilaterally going down this road, without so much as a by your leave to the people of this province, it’s not on.”

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