Nfld. & Labrador

Would settle moose lawsuit: Aylward

Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward said Wednesday he will settle a class action lawsuit over moose-vehicle collisions, if his party wins the Oct. 11 election.

Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward said Wednesday he will settle a class action lawsuit over moose-vehicle collisions, if his party wins the Oct. 11 election.

Aylward, campaigning in Corner Brook, said moose-vehicle accidents have claimed too many lives and that it is time for a policy that responds to what people want.

Aylward said he would find the money for expanded moose fencing in the provincial highway budget.

Aylward said that would be done in consultation with the Save our People Action Committee.

A SOPAC official said settling the lawsuit would cost about $5 million.

The class action lawsuit was launched by victims of moose-vehicle accidents against the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for victims, moose fencing, a cull of the herd and other measures to reduce collisions.

Convinced that the current pilot project for moose fencing is inadequate, Aylward said his party would install moose fencing after identifying hotspots along the province's highways.

Amid public pressure for measures to curb accidents, the governing Progressive Conservatives announced plans for a pilot project in July. The $5 million plan includes putting up fencing along selected stretches of the province's highway system to curb collisions.

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