Share this article

print logo

INQUIRY INTO FLAP THAT SPURRED RESIGNATION IN CANADA IS SUSPENDED

Within days of Canadian Solicitor-General Andy Scott's resignation last week and replacement by Lawrence MacAulay, the inquiry at the center of the storm that led to his resignation was suspended.

Federal Court Justice Marc Nadon ordered the suspension of the inquiry into whether members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which Scott's department oversees, used excessive force in dealing with demonstrators last November at a summit of world leaders in Vancouver.

The suspension came after accusations that Gerald Morin, the chairman of the inquiry, was biased against RCMP officers.

The inquiry could be stalled for up to six months if the issue of Morin's independence is settled through the courts.

Scott resigned after admitting he had made comments about the inquiry to a lawyer sitting next to him Oct. 1 on an airline flight.

For six weeks, Scott consistently denied he had made the potentially prejudicial comments, but when the lawyer filed an affidavit confirming the comments, Scott's days as a Cabinet minister evaporated.

There are no comments - be the first to comment