Reinforcements Arrive for Casey vs the RCMP
Politicians are lining up to oppose the RCMP plan to move it’s Operational Communications Centre from Truro to Dartmouth. Bill Casey has been the lone voice on the issue for the last number of years, but as he prepares for retirement, the troops are filing in.
The latest to join the fight is retired Colonel J A Hardiman, who says, “I am seeking the nomination to replace Bill Casey in Cumberland-Colchester and I have discussed this issue with him.”
Hardiman says, “In my experience, the ability to communicate becomes even more vital in times of emergency.”
The would-be Liberal candidate agrees with Casey. He notes that clustering all communications in one place makes very little operational sense. Hardiman says, “Simply put, placing all the eggs in one basket in one location creates an unnecessary vulnerability.”
In a widely offered press release he listed a number of potential dangers that could impact a single communications centre in the Halifax Regional Municipality, including a risk of fire in the Bedford Ammunitions Depot, a highly unlikely radiation leak from a visiting nuclear powered vessel, Halifax’s potential as a strategic military target, or a violent storm like the infamous ‘Hurricane Juan’.
Hardiman says, “Beyond the risk of storms, Truro does not share these disadvantages or vulnerabilities. It is my opinion that the proposed move from Truro to Burnside is poorly considered. It is dangerous.”
Hardiman is among the first to formally announce his bid to seek the Liberal nomination for the October federal election. Joel Henderson, a former executive assistant in Bill Casey’s office, is currently seeking support for a bid to fill the shoes of his former boss.
Speculation is also growing that suggests the current NDP MLA from Truro is also considering a run for the Liberal nod. Lenore Zann has been working with Casey in the RCMP battle. Given Casey’s smooth transition from the Conservative ranks, an NDP makeover is not out of the question.
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