Steve Kent pressing feds on 5 Wing, search and rescue

Steve Kent, Newfoundland and Labrador's minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs, will be in Ottawa this week with a shopping list of issues for the federal Conservatives to consider.
Steve Kent intends to meet several federal ministers during meetings in Ottawa this week. (CBC)

Steve Kent, Newfoundland and Labrador's minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs, will be in Ottawa this week with a shopping list of issues for the federal Conservatives to consider.

Kent, who is also the province's municipal affairs minister, said there are two military issues he wants to address: the status of Labrador's airbase, and the closure last week of several regional offices that serve veterans, including one in Corner Brook.

"I'm very concerned about the status of 5 Wing Goose Bay and I'll certainly be calling on the federal government for a greater commitment in that regard," Kent told CBC News.

"I will certainly be raising the issue of the recently closed Veterans Affairs office on the west coast, which is certainly a concern for veterans and for their families and for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador," Kent said.

Kent, who intends to meet with several federal ministers during the week, said he wants to add more fuel to the fight to bolster search and rescue services in Newfoundland, which has been a contentious issue since Ottawa shut down the marine rescue sub-centre in St. John's in 2012.

"We believe that there's a need for greater federal investment and resources to be invested in search and rescue, and I'll certainly be calling on the federal government to do that as well," Kent said.

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