MP Reid Again Calls on the Minister of Public Safety to fulfill his own demands, and equip RCMP vehicles with AEDsFebruary 16, 2017
Today, Mr. Reid again called on the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, to fulfill his own private member’s motion, Motion No. 446. In 2013, Mr Goodale presented Motion No. 446, which called on the Government to “install an appropriate number and calibre of automated external defibrillators… with priority being assigned to all RCMP offices and vehicles.” The full text of the Minister’s motion is available here.
In over a year after becoming the minister responsible for the RCMP, Minister Goodale has done nothing, and RCMP cruisers still are not equipped with defibrillators.
Equipping police vehicles with defibrillators is a proven and cost-effective way to dramatically increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest. Based on the data from police departments which already equip their vehicles with defibrillators, equipping all RCMP vehicles in this manner could save 320 lives every year.
Last February, in another statement in the Commons, Mr. Reid reminded Minister Goodale of Motion 446. This statement can be read here. Unfortunately, the Minister has still not acted.
All of the aforementioned statements can be viewed together here.
The full text of Mr. Reid’s statement in the House today is below:
Statistics from other Canadian police forces show that one life is saved, every year, for every 17 installed defibrillators in police cruisers. Thus, placing defibrillators in the trunks of all 5,600 RCMP cruisers would save 320 lives per year.
This was true when I most recently raised this matter in the Commons three months ago. Meanwhile, 80 Canadians have died, whose lives could have been saved. It was true a year ago, when I first raised this issue in the House. Since then, 320 Canadians have unnecessarily died. Since the present Minister in charge of the RCMP took office in October 2015, 420 Canadians have died.
Of course, introducing defibrillators could not have been done with a snap of the fingers. But with the passage of time, that excuse is no longer available to the minister, and the blood of most of these dead Canadians—enough to fill every seat in this room—is on the minister’s hands.
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