Executive Council
April 16, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Provincial Government Remembers Victims of Humboldt Broncos Bus Accident

Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to offer condolences to the families and friends of those affected by the horrific bus accident earlier this month in Saskatchewan that claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. One of the young men lost that day, Parker Tobin, had ties to this province.

Travelling by bus to sporting events is a rite of passage for young athletes and team officials across the country, including here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The trips are often as memorable and fun as the games to which they are headed, and I know these bus rides strengthen bonds and lead to team building.

When tragedy strikes something so innocent, it is difficult to comprehend.

When the news reached Newfoundland and Labrador I reached out to Premier Moe to express our province’s deepest condolences for the immense loss.  I shared with him that this province and its people mourn with our fellow Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, what has been remarkable over the past few weeks is the outpouring of support from people around the world; the vast majority of which have no direct ties to those involved in the accident. Whether it is through financial donations, or by deciding to become organ and blood donors, people have stepped up in an effort to honour and remember those that were lost.

Mr. Speaker, the victims of this tragedy and those who love them remain in our thoughts.

We also stand with the community of Humboldt and the Province of Saskatchewan as they begin the long healing process.

I ask all Members of the House of Assembly to join me in a moment of silence.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


2018 04 16                                                    1:55 p.m.