Terms of reference for Desmond inquiry coming soon: minister
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s justice minister says the terms of reference will be released soon for the public inquiry into the deaths of Afghan war veteran Lionel Desmond and his family. The province promised a judicial fatality inquiry last December, almost a year after Desmond fatally shot himself and his mother, wife and 10-year-old daughter in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S. The terms of reference were expected by the end of January, and Justice Minister Mark Furey says the province is now waiting on the chief judge of the provincial court to appoint a presiding judge and Crown attorney.
He says that could happen “as early as next week, but certainly within the next couple of weeks.”