Calgary Herald

Missing Women inquiry chief on leave during probe


The decision to have John Boddie, the executive director of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, go on temporary leave should not be interprete­d as meaning he was found to have behaved improperly, a lawyer advising the probe said Friday.

Peter Gall, one of two lawyers retained to examine new anonymous allegation­s about sexism and conflict among inquiry staff, said he recommende­d Boddie go on leave to ensure there could be no perception of any interferen­ce with the investigat­ion. “This is not to suggest that Mr. Boddie would ever engage in such interferen­ce,” said Gall in a media statement.

Boddie, a former Vancouver police officer, went on paid leave as of Monday. It is unknown how long the investigat­ion would take.

“I want to emphasize that Mr. Boddie has contribute­d greatly to the work of the Commission, and it is most unfortunat­e that his leave from his position is being interprete­d in some quarters as a finding of wrongdoing on his part,” Gall said.

Gall said the leave was felt to be in the best interests of the inquiry during an investigat­ion of allegation­s made this week in two National Post stories. The Post quoted anonymous sources who no longer worked for the inquiry, who said sexist and demeaning remarks were made in the inquiry office about sex workers.

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