PM side­steps calls to re­boot in­quiry

The Western Star - - Canada -

OT­TAWA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is giv­ing no in­di­ca­tion he is will­ing to in­ter­vene in the in­de­pen­dent in­quiry his gov­ern­ment launched to ex­am­ine the is­sue of miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women and girls.

Trudeau faces a call from a coali­tion of frus­trated fam­i­lies who sug­gest the time has come for him to restart the in­quiry and re­build it “from the ground up.”

One of the in­quiry’s five com­mis­sion­ers quit this week, say­ing the process was un­work­able.

The prime min­is­ter says the na­tional pub­lic in­quiry al­ways faced a “tremen­dously dif­fi­cult task”, adding his gov­ern­ment will en­gage with the com­mis­sion to re­spond to the con­cerns of fam­i­lies who are seek­ing jus­tice.

He also says Canada has dealt “in­ad­e­quately” for decades with the on­go­ing na­tional tragedy.

Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment has ear­marked $53.8 mil­lion for the two-year study launched last sum­mer. Chief com­mis­sioner Mar­ion Buller has in­di­cated more time and fund­ing will be re­quired but she can­not say when a for­mal re­quest will be made to Ot­tawa.

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