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Justice Canada Mama Shooting Inquiries as N.S. Asks for "Explanation" on the Withheld Page

The first cache of pages received in February did not contain Supt. Campbell's description of the RCMP Commissioner's attempt to publicly disclose the type of firearm used

RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell discusses the timeline of events and locations of the Nova Scotia shootings at RCMP headquarters in Dartmouth, N.S., on April 24, 2020. Campbell's handwritten notes made in the days after the shooting are key to allegations of political interference in the investigation by the federal government.
RCMPSupt. Darren Campbell will discuss the timeline and location of the Nova Scotia shooting at RCMP headquarters in Dartmouth, North Carolina, on April 24, 2020. Campbell's handwritten notes made in the days following the shooting are from the federal government. Photo: Riley Smith / The Canadian Press / File

OTTAWA — Why Canada Justice withdrew important information from the investigation I refuse to state. We are investigating the worst shootings in history in Canada for nearly four months.

The Mass Casualty Commission confirmed on Friday that it had not received both versions of RCMP Supt. At the same time, a handwritten note by Darren Campbell, created the day after the shooting, asked the Federal Ministry of Justice why.

The first cache on page 132 was received on February 14, 2022, but the RCMP Commissioner Brenda attempted to publicly disclose the type of gun used in the shootings . -Lukki's Campbell's written explanation was not included. A federal request during a "tense" meeting with Nova Scotia RCMP officials on April 28, 2020, nine days after the shootings in Nova Scotia.

The Commission stated that on May 31, 2022, it received another version of the memo, with four pages of handwritten memo added.

They describe Lucki's efforts to obtain the Nova Scotia RCMP to reveal the type of firearms used by the murderer. , And the Prime Minister's Office advance the Liberal Party's firearms management agenda. Campbell said doing so would "endanger" the ongoing investigation.

As of Friday, the entire document was available on theCommission's website.

Commission Investigator Barbara McLean said the Commission is seeking an "explanation" of why four pages are missing from the original disclosure, and "others. I'm asking for a guarantee that nothing has been withheld. " For each instruction from the subpoena.

  1. Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

    Liberals face intense criticism of political interference in Nova Scotia increase. Mass shootings

  2. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday October 21, 2020.

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    RCMP has referred all questions on this issue to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The request made by the National Post to the federal sector on Friday, hours after the CBC first reported the missing page, remained unanswered

    Federal Conservatives Now, Justice Minister David Rametti testifies in front of members of the Commons Public Safety Commission during the summer, explaining why these four pages were postponed by his department for months.

    "I don't know if this is any cover-up. It's a coincidence that these highly political pages were withheld," party public security critic Raquel Dancho said in an interview. ..

    Commission will hold a hearing at the end of July to hear from Lucky, Campbell, and other RCMP officials about allegations of political interference in the investigation of the shooting that killed 22 people. Voted for. Blair, now Minister of Emergency Preparation, is also summoned to answer MP questions.

    The Conservatives wanted to ask the representative of the Prime Minister's Office about this issue, but it was rejected by the Commission's Liberal Party. Bloc Québécois and NDP abstained because it was unclear who would be invited by the PMO.

    RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki in October 2020.
    RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki in October 2020.Photo courtesy of: Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press / File

    Dancho, more people for both Bloc and NDP to testify as needed Said to be open to inviting.

    "So, as the story goes on, we're certainly very focused on getting someone involved in this to answer some questions. You can know the truth, "Dancho said.

    The federal government has been attacked for days since theHalifax examiner first revealedthe apparent political interference made by Lucky the day after the tragedy. I did.

    Lucky denied that he had interfered with the ongoing investigation into the shooting and said he regretted how he approached the conference at the time. However, she does not deny that she made her request by order from the Liberal Party government.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his trust in RCMP members on Thursday, and his government "excessive impact and pressure" on state police investigations to promote political interests. "He said he wasn't calling.

    Blair repeated a similar message this week at the House of Commons every time he was pressed for this issue, but Campbell had to admit that he was a credible voice because of his good reputation at the RCMP. rice field.

    "There is no doubt that the director is an exemplary officer, and there is no doubt about his integrity," Blair said.

    Both Lucky and Campbell will testify in front of the Mass Casualty Commission, but the date of their testimony is not yet known.

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