Dec 08, 2015
By Jane Brown
The Trudeau Liberals are expected to provide more information today on how they will prepare for an inquiry to examine missing and murdered aboriginal women across Canada.
The Prime Minister is set to speak with aboriginal leaders gathered in Gatineau, Quebec about the plan. It is expected to be short on details though.
Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu admits the plan is in the “very beginning stages” and the Liberals have no preconceived ideas about what the inquiry should look like. She, along with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, will make an announcement regarding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls at 12:30 p.m. in the foyer of the House of Commons.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Justin Trudeau can begin to repair the fractured relationship with indigenous Canadians by living up to promises made during the election campaign.
“Is the money going to be there, what they promised for education, yes or no?” questioned Mulcair, “and clear undertakings with regard to drinking water, is that going to be done in a first mandate, that’s a clear undertaking by the new government.”
Mulcair says he’ll be disappointed if the Liberals don’t make a firm commitment today to a national inquiry to investigate the phenomenon of missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said she supports the inquiry, which is a stark contrast from her predecessor Stephen Harper, who frequently rebuffed demands for further study.