Premiers Once Again Call for Inquiry into Missing Aboriginal Women

The chairman of the group of premiers meeting this week in Charlottetown, P.E.I, mentioned in his remarks that there are only two possible ways to start a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, explaining that either Prime Minister Stephen Harper has an epiphany and calls one himself or he is defeated in the 2015 federal election.

In response to questions by reporters, P.E.I. Liberal Premier Robert Ghiz mentioned on Monday that “the next step is obviously a 2015 election. There’s always going to be changes in government, changes in leadership, changes in attitudes.” Ghiz added that “this has been a major issue, many groups calling for this inquiry, so I’m sure it will become part of the platforms of some political parties during the next federal election and then we’ll have to wait to see what happens after.” In addition to that, Ghiz alleged that “or he (Harper) changes his mind. Obviously if it’s going to be a national inquiry, those are the two options.”

PM Harper and the Conservative government have continued to ignore all calls for a public inquiry over the issue, especially in the most recently increased pressure after the body of 15-year-old aboriginal girl, Tina Fontaine, was found wrapped in plastic in Winnipeg’s Red River. All opposition parties have already unanimously recommended that the government should fulfil its promise from earlier this year to launch a national action plan on violence against aboriginal women and children.

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