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QUESTION PERIOD: FIREFIGHTER SAFETY

 

Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Leader, the firefighters who are present in the chamber with us today, their B.C. colleagues and firefighters across Canada deserve to know that their safety is paramount. It has been more than 15 years since ‘‘firefighter safety’’ was inadvertently dropped from the National Building and Fire Codes. Firefighter safety must be addressed separately, very specifically, rather than just through occupant safety. Firefighters go into very dangerous situations, which is the opposite of what normal people or building occupants do.

Leader, when and how will the government correct this oversight in the National Building and Fire Codes? What will the government do between now and 2020, which is when the next revised code will be published, to ensure that ‘‘firefighter safety’’ is reinserted into the code?

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