PCs will call a judicial inquiry

September 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

Baillie: Rehtaeh’s parents deserve answers

HALIFAX, NS – A Progressive Conservative government will convene a judicial inquiry to examine the failures of the criminal justice system in the case of Rehtaeh Parsons.

PC leader Jamie Baillie made the announcement with Rehtaeh’s parents Leah Parsons and Glen Canning, at Mr. Canning’s Halifax home. 

He said the tragedy and the subsequent course of the investigation left too many unanswered questions.

“Glen and Leah and their families want and deserve answers,” Baillie said. “Not only to give them some small measure of solace, but to fix the things that failed and spare other families the pain this one has endured.”

Rehtaeh’s family reached out to Jamie Baillie because of his strong stance against cyberbullying.

Baillie said that unlike the reviews that have taken place and been proposed since Rehtaeh’s death, a judicial inquiry will have wide-ranging powers to subpoena records and documents and to call witnesses.

“A judicial review will give us answers to a lot of questions,” Mr. Canning said. “It will make the system better and help others who are experiencing the same things that Rehtaeh experienced.”

Baillie noted that only a public inquiry can deliver the much needed answers in this case and propose appropriate changes in policy and approach regarding victims of sexual assault.

“I want to commend Leah and Glen for their incredible strength and for all their work to bring awareness to the issues that led to the death of their daughter Rehtaeh,” Baillie concluded.