Shooting in Portapique: request for independent investigation into the management of operations

Portapique shooting: request for independent investigation into operations management

RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell testifies at the Mass Casualty Commission in Halifax on Monday.

Portapique shooting: Superintendent Darren Campbell of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Monday called for an independent review into the management of operations during the shooting that killed 22 people in 2020.

The Superintendent Darren Campbell was testifying Monday morning before the Mass Casualty Commission which is conducting the public inquiry into the April 18-19, 2020 shooting, where a gunman killed 22 people in 13 hours in several Nova Scotia communities. /p>

His testimony came as RCMP chief Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair answered questions from MPs in Ottawa at the Commons committee trying to determine whether the government interfered. in the investigation to assert its gun regulations filed shortly thereafter.

It was Campbell's handwritten notes taken at a meeting on April 28, 2020 that sparked a political firestorm when they were released in June.

The notes describe a conference call with RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki who allegedly chastised the Nova Scotia leadership team for failing to disclose the type of firearms used by the shooter.

The notes indicate that Ms. Lucki allegedly made a promise to the Prime Minister's Office and the Minister of Public Safety that the information would be released.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki appears as a witness before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in Ottawa on Monday July 25, 2022.

However, in Ottawa, before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security responsible for investigating allegations of political interference, Commissioner Lucki denied having promised anything to the Prime Minister's office. minister, stating that she had confirmed information and that informing the government does not mean that there is interference.

For his part, the Then-Serving Public Safety Minister Bill Blair repeatedly said, “I have never interfered with or given operational direction to the RCMP in my role as Minister of Public Safety.

Bill Blair added that interfering in an investigation is a line I have never crossed.

With information from CBC

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