Statement by the Canadian Coast Guard

Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:13pm EDT

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The Canadian Coast Guard today issued the following statement on the
consolidation of the Quebec Marine Rescue Sub-centre.

    The Canadian Coast Guard has assured the government that maritime search
and rescue services for the eastern portion of Quebec region can be
consolidated while maintaining the same level of bilingual, 24/7 service
on which mariners currently rely. 

    However, Coast Guard recognizes that the government must be absolutely
confident that strong French-language services are in place before any
changes proceed. Therefore Coast Guard officials will engage with the
Official Languages Commissioner to ensure French-language services out of
JRCC Halifax meet or exceed current levels. 

    Coast Guard will delay consolidation until such time that the Official
Languages Commissioner shares the Coast Guard's level of confidence in
the bilingual capacity at the JRCC Halifax. 

Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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