Ottawa finally consented to a public inquiry into the slaughter in Nova Scotia

Ottawa consent finalement à une enquête publique sur la tuerie en Nouvelle-Écosse

The Trudeau government ultimately consented to trigger a full public inquiry into the slaughter in Nova Scotia who has made 22 of the victims last April.

After having announced a week ago that this drama would be the subject of an independent review partner, the federal minister of public Safety, Bill Blair, said Tuesday that this will eventually be a public inquiry. “We have heard the requests of the families, the survivors, the representatives and members of parliament from Nova Scotia for more transparency”, he said in a statement.

Thus, the three members of the review committee, Anne McLellan, Stewart McKelvey, and Michael MacDonald, will now act as commissioners. They will be able to summon witnesses and require them to participate in the survey.

Bereaved families and senators, in particular, were clamoring for such a measure to try to answer the various questions on this event.

On 18 and 19 April, Gabriel Wortman, a dental technician, 51 years, has claimed the lives of 22 people in his killing spree that began in the small community of Portapique, in the centre of the province. The man was shot by police several hours later.

“With these additional powers, we sincerely hope that the terrible tragedy of April 18 and 19 will be fully investigated and that all facts and evidence relevant will be made public, the minister said Blair in his statement.

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