OTTAWA  –  NDP MPs (Vancouver – Kingsway)Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam), Libby Davies (Vancouver East) and Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) are launching a petition urging the Conservatives to reconsider their reckless decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station.

“It is irresponsible for the Conservatives to close this base,” said Donnelly. “Marine safety experts as well as Vancouver police and fire services have stated the Conservatives’ plan will increase response times and put lives at risk. British Columbians are right to be concerned about their safety.”

“There is strong public support to keep the Kits Coast Guard Station open, and our petition will support the community’s voice,” said Libby Davies.

The Kitsilano Coast Guard base responds to about 350 calls each year in Canada’s busiest port. When asked about increased response times in life-or-death situations, the Conservatives cited a new rescue station which will be staffed by students.

The Kitsilano Coast Guard base, one of the busiest in Canada responds to over 350 calls each year. In response to concerns about increased response times in life-and-death situations, the Conservatives cited a new rescue station which will be staffed by students.

“It is unacceptable for the Conservatives to compromise public safety in such an egregious manner,” said Don Davies.  “British Columbians deserve to be safe when they are on our waters.”

The petition can be found at http://ndp.ca/savekits