Pushback from families, MPs led to reversal on N.S. mass shooting inquiry, Blair says | CBC News
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says it was persistent calls from victims’ families for a public inquiry into April’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia — and pressure from members of the province’s federal Liberal caucus — that led him to abandon a plan for a less robust review of the tragedy.
“This was entirely about the families and their advocacy. We listened to them and that’s why we’ve made the decision to hold an inquiry,” Blair told CBC Radio’s The House in an interview airing Saturday.
The minister announced Tuesday that the shooting would be the subject of a public inquiry days after Ottawa and the Nova Scotia government agreed to a joint independent review of the incident.
The news followed widespread criticism from families of the victims and a number of…