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Missing woman's brother says BC gov't has 'unfinished business' on Pickton
By ROBYN SMITH
Published July 25, 2013 03:30 pm
With leaders across the country calling for a national inquiry on missing
and murdered aboriginal women, the brother of one of those women in B.C. is
asking why the provincial government has waited more than two months to
replace the person tasked with carrying out the recommendations of its own
Former lieutenant government Steven Point was appointed to oversee the
government's response to the Robert Pickton inquiry in December 2012, but he
resigned from the role on May 17 after the children of some of the serial
killer's victims filed a civil lawsuit against several authorities,
including the RCMP and Vancouver Police Department, alleging negligence.
Former justice minister Shirley Bond expressed concern at the time that any
comments Point made in his position could become evidence in the case.
Ernie Crey's younger sister, Dawn, went missing in November 2000. Her DNA
was found on Pickton's farm, though charges in her death were never laid.
Crey, who testified at B.C.'s inquiry, wonders what's taking the government,
and specifically Premier Christy Clark, so long to replace Point.
"That's unfinished business. [They] better tend to that," he told The Tyee.
B.C.'s Attorney General and Justice Minister Suzanne Anton, who assumed her
role on June 10, has yet to meet with Point but plans to in the "near
future," according to a ministry spokesperson. The government does not have
a specific deadline to replace Point, but is "actively" working on it, the
"Now that Mr. Point has stepped down, I need to hear from key groups and
individuals before making a decision on how we will proceed, including what
kind of replacement may be necessary or suitable," reads an emailed
statement attributed to Minister Anton today. "We have a concrete work plan
and my staff continues to make progress on the recommendations daily. This
work is a priority for both me and our government to help ensure something
like this doesn't happen again,"
Anton added that she recently met with Wally Oppal, the missing women's
inquiry commissioner, and said he was "encouraged by the progress made to
date on the recommendations."
Oppal's nearly 1,500 page inquiry report included recommendations such as
merging regional police departments into a single force, increasing funding
for women's shelters and support services, and appointing a provincial
"champion" of the report. Critics of the report complained too few solutions
to systemic problems were offered.
Robyn Smith reports for The Tyee. With files from David P. Ball.
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