Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia establish joint public inquiry in response to April tragedy

From: Public Safety Canada

The joint public inquiry in response to the April tragedy in Nova Scotia has been established and the Commissioners will now begin their work.

The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced their intent to establish a comprehensive joint public inquiry in July. The inquiry will help determine what happened and will make recommendations to help prevent similar tragic events in the future.

The Joint Public Inquiry Commissioners’ first task is setting up their Secretariat which will be located in Nova Scotia. This includes hiring support staff, establishing a budget and creating their work plan. They must submit two reports to the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia on their findings, lessons learned and recommendations – an interim report by May 1, 2022 and a final report by November 1, 2022.

The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness for Canada, the Honourable Bill Blair, and Nova Scotia Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Honourable Mark Furey, also announced today the name of the third Commissioner appointed to undertake the inquiry.

Dr. Kim Stanton has accepted the position of Inquiry Commissioner. She joins the Honourable J. Michael MacDonald, Chief Commissioner, and Ms. Leanne J. Fitch.

The Commissioners will work at arm’s-length from both levels of government. Their work and mandate are outlined in the two Orders in Council that establish the Joint Public Inquiry.

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