Mr. Speaker, I have recently been informed that Environment Canada has decided to move the Saint John weather office to Fredericton, New Brunswick.
I believe this change will have a wide-reaching negative impact on the city of Saint John. Because of the government's decision the Saint John city works department supervisors who plan snow removal for the next day will have to base their decision on a forecast from Fredericton which is 60 miles inland or else rely on the local forecast that may be five hours old.
Having up to the minute forecasts is critical to the Saint John works department, schools, the airport and our port. Saint John has a reputation for having its own unique weather. For example fog which can occur without warning and certainly is undetectable from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
I ask the Minister of Environment for safety's sake to reconsider this decision and return full meteorological service to Saint John, New Brunswick.