Nova Scotia MLA wants tougher regulations for PFD use

A Nova Scotia NDP MLA says he's preparing to introduce legislation designed to improve regulations on personal flotation devices.

Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau says his Private Member's Bill will mandate the workplace use of a PFD while "on deck on the water."

Belliveau says Nova Scotia currently only requires that a personal flotation device be worn when a "risk of drowning" is identified.

In December, Transportation Safety Board of Canada chairperson Kathy Fox said that regulations requiring a PFD only be worn when a risk is identified are not sufficient for fishers' safety.

Her comments were in relation to a TSB report into a fishing tragedy in B.C. where three fishers who were not wearing personal flotation devices died.