POLITICS

Premier says chopper should have been used in search for teen off Labrador

05/23/2012 07:22 EDT | Updated 07/23/2012 05:12 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale says she believes a military Cormorant helicopter should have been dispatched to aid in the search for a boy who went missing while snowmobiling in coastal Labrador.

Since the death of 14-year-old Burton Winters in February there has been an ongoing debate in the province over the use of military resources.

The Department of National Defence has said weather conditions were too poor to fly at the time the call for assistance was made in the Winters case.

But Dunderdale says that reason just isn't good enough.

She says the province's helicopter was able to fly two hours after the assistance call was made and the military could have at least attempted to join the search effort.

Dunderdale says it's one of the issues she wants to discuss in a requested meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

She says a meeting hasn't yet been finalized.

(VOCM)