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Feds announce full public inquiry into Nova Scotia mass shooting

Last Updated Jul 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm PDT

FILE - Protesters gather in Halifax's Victoria Park to demand a public inquiry into the deadly mass shootings that claimed 22 lives in Nova Scotia last April, on Monday, July 27, 2020. The federal and provincial governments have announced a review of the massacre that will not be able to compel witnesses or testimony, no power to subpoena evidence and won't be able to make binding recommendations to the government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair says there will be a public inquiry into Nova Scotia mass shooting

Blair says the federal government has heard calls for more transparency

The announcement comes after protests were held in Nova Scotia demanding a public inquiry

HALIFAX (NEWS 1130) — The federal government says there will be a full public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting that killed 22 people in April.

Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says in a statement Canadians deserve to understand how something that tragic could happen.

“The situation requires our governments work diligently with all those affected by the tragedy to bring forward the critical answers, and ensure this will never happen again.”

Blair says the government has heard to calls from the families, survivors, advocates, and Nova Scotia MPs for more transparency.

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The announcement comes after recent rallies and protests demanded a public inquiry.  On Monday, organizers held a 22-minute general strike to honour the 22 victims who were killed.

Many families have called for information into what happened during the shootings and what led to the rampage.

Family and friends of victims attend a march demanding an inquiry into the April mass shooting in Nova Scotia that killed 22 people, in Bible Hill, N.S. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Women’s rights advocates in Atlantic Canada are calling on people across the country to join a brief general strike on Monday to demand a public inquiry into the deadly mass shootings that took place in Nova Scotia last April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Earlier Tuesday, Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey said he would be in favour of a federal-provincial public inquiry if Ottawa agreed to go along.

Blair says the inquiry will be conducted under the authority of the federal Inquiries Act, with powers to summon witnesses and require them to provide evidence and produce documents.

The three people who had agreed to serve on the review panel announced last week will remain as inquiry commissioners: Michael MacDonald, a former chief justice of Nova Scotia, Anne McLellan, a former federal Liberal cabinet minister, and Leanne Fitch, the former chief of police in Fredericton.

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