HALIFAX – Bowing to popular and political pressure, the Nova Scotia justice minister now says he is in favor of a public federal-provincial inquiry into the killing that killed 22 people in April.
But Minister Mark Furey’s sudden turnaround was accompanied by a key condition: that Ottawa agree to participate in such a public inquiry in due form.
The federal government and the government of Nova Scotia announced last Thursday that they are entrusting a three-member “independent review committee” to examine the causes and circumstances of the April 18 and 19 killings. But this exercise will not be entirely public, contrary to the wishes of many.
Minister Furey pleaded Tuesday that a number of Liberal MPs are already challenging their government’s decision to sit on this “independent review committee.” The provincial minister explained Tuesday that he too had heard from the families of the victims who found the review process ultimately chosen by the two governments insufficient.
On Tuesday morning, four Nova Scotia Liberal MPs – Darren Fisher, Sean Fraser, Mike Kelloway and Lenore Zann – publicly criticized the decision and called for a public inquiry instead. In a note to his constituents, Mr. Fisher, MP for Dartmouth-Cole Harbor, argues that the gravity of the killing requires a public inquiry, which would carry more weight than a review committee.
The Canadian Press