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Conservative plan to privatize Search and Rescue encountering nationwide opposition

Newfoundland and Labrador requesting expert review and local input on SAR selloff.

Phelps: SAR in Canada is a worldwide model in efficiency, safety, and cooperation.COURTENAY, BC, August 2, 2011: The Conservative government's announcement that it will examine the privatization of search and rescue (SAR) operations in Canada has caused an uproar from coast to coast. Concerns have been raised over loss of jobs, possible difficulties in recruiting, and safety, says Michael Briones of the Comox Valley Echo.

"Courtenay Mayor Greg Phelps has some harsh words over suggestions that the federal government may consider privatizing military search-and-rescue (SAR) operations in Canada.

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Last week, Postmedia News reported the privatization option would be discussed at meeting between government procurement officials and representatives from aerospace firms in Ottawa on Aug. 16. Among those options will be alternate service delivery, a term used to describe the hiring of private industry to provide government services..."

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Posted: August 09, 2011

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