Selinger Criticizes Harper’s Statement over Fontaine Murder

Manitoba Premier, Greg Selinger, has once again express sheer criticism over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments that dismiss any inclination that the murder of a Manitoba teenager was indicative of a wider social ill. Selinger stated on Friday that “it’s not just a crime” but “it’s a situation that speaks to who we are as citizens and how we treat each other.” Seligner has now become the second premier to recently criticize Harper for his dismissal to a call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women.

Upon inquiry about the murder of 15-year-old Sagkeeng teenager, Tina Fontaine, Mr. Harper stated that “I think we should not view this as a sociological phenomenon.” Harper claimed that Fontaine’s death is a crime that is being investigated by the police and a national inquiry is not necessary since there is no common ground visible to these stories of hundreds of aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada. He mentioned that “there has been a very fulsome study of this particular, of these particular things” and “they’re not all one. They’re not all one phenomenon.”

Whereas Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has already criticized Mr. Harper’s remarks on Friday as she called the statement “outrageous.” Last summer, almost all Canadian premiers combined and unitedly urged the federal government to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Reports now claim that up to 1,000 women have met a violent fate in the last 50 years, including more than 100 in Manitoba.

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