MP Sheila Malcolmson Urges Trudeau to Reinstate Coast Guard Dive Team Immediately

OTTAWA – Last week, the federal government announced they will shut down the Coast Guard’s only emergency diving team specialized in search and rescue.  The lack of an emergency dive team would make our coasts less prepared to respond to emergencies, and could lead to deaths.

Today in the House of Commons, Nanaimo—Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson condemned the Liberal government`s reckless and dangerous decision to disband the life-saving team of professional divers and asked the government to reconsider.

“As B.C. begins its busy boating season, the Liberal government is shutting down the Coast Guard's only emergency dive team specialized in search and rescue. The last time the Liberals cut this dive team, 15 years ago, it lead to deaths on our coast” said Malcolmson. “Have the Liberals learned nothing from their past mistakes? Why are they killing this emergency service that keeps our coast safe? Will the Prime Minister reconsider his terrible decision?”

Malcolmson is also calling on the government to restore funding and resources to Coast Guard services, including reopening the Comox Coast Guard MCTS base and making Coast Guard responsible for directing the removal of abandoned vessels.