QUESTION PERIOD – ‘What will be done to fix missing-and-murdered inquiry?’

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From Question Period in Parliament on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, BC)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Justice’s father, the esteemed Chief Bill Wilson, called out the Prime Minister for the failed missing and murdered inquiry. He actually called it a farce and urged the Prime Minister to fire the commissioners and start all over. He wrote, “8 months, $6 Million and nothing has been done except pay salary and expenses.”

Victims and families are threatening to boycott. Will the minister stand and tell us what she will do today to fix this mess?

Carolyn Bennett (Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs)

Mr. Speaker, we are committed to ending this ongoing national tragedy. As family member Bernie Williams has said, families have fought too long and hard for this much needed inquiry to abandon it and them now.

The commission has publicly acknowledged the need for increased communication and the families must be at the centre of the inquiry. The commission is committed to find culturally sensitive and trauma-informed ways to ensure this. I am pleased the hearings will begin in Whitehorse this week.


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