May 2, 2013 7:37 am

Atlantic premier backs AG’s assessment of search-and-rescue services

Above: Auditor General Michael Ferguson criticizes Canada’s search-and-rescue services

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador says she will ask to meet with federal officials to discuss the auditor general’s criticism of search and rescue services.

Kathy Dunderdale says she wants to know what Ottawa’s plans are for implementing Michael Ferguson’s recommendations for the system.

She is calling on the federal government to implement the changes immediately.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale fields a question at the closing news conference as the Atlantic premiers meet at the White Point Beach Resort in Hunts Point, N.S. on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

In a report released this week, Ferguson warned that some elements of the joint military and coast guard system are near the breaking point.

He described a system plagued by an aging fleet of aircraft and an archaic case-management system.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday that work has already begun on the issue.

Watch MacKay’s response to the AG report here (April 30):

The opposition parties in Newfoundland want Dunderdale to call an inquiry into search and rescue services in the provinces, but the premier has ruled that out.

(VOCM)

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