Hon. Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC)
Mr. Speaker, as I have said many times, there is no way we will put in jeopardy the lives of our mariners and people on the water.
As for the Kitsilano base, the member is wrong. The response time was much quicker than she indicated.
Since the closure of CCG Kitsilano base in February, the Canadian Coast Guard Sea Island station has responded to 38 search and rescue maritime distress incidents in the greater Vancouver area. These incidents involved 48 lives at risk. In all cases, the hovercraft arrived in less than 10 minutes.
Topic: Oral Questions
Subtopic: Search and Rescue