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Lawyer Jim Bennett has been hired to try to halt the pending transfer of an air ambulance service from St. Anthony to Labrador.

The town of St. Anthony on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula has hired a former provincial politician in an effort to prevent the community's air ambulance service from being relocated.

Lawyer Jim Bennett was leader of the Liberal Party for a brief period in 2006. He resigned that post after three months because of a dispute with his caucus.

St. Anthony Mayor Ernest Simms said Bennett has filed an injunction to stop the province from moving the air ambulance service to Labrador.

The government said the move is needed to serve a larger portion of the province more efficiently.

Simms said documents they plan to file in court will show that the province is violating an agreement with the International Grenfell Association to provide health service to the St. Anthony area.

The government plans to move the air ambulance by the end this month and has said the decision is final.