Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Wrong, wrong wrong! Former BC Liberal Attorney General Wally Oppal a big mistake to head Pickton Inquiry
It's almost unbelievable.
The BC Liberal government has just appointed the man who was the province's Attorney General during much of the investigation and prosecution of mass murderer Willy Pickton to head a public inquiry into how the police handled the investigation and prosecution of Willy Pickton!
If there was any need for more evidence that the BC Liberals have collectively lost their mind, this proves it.
Oppal is a former judge and well known as a nice guy.
But he is in a massive conflict of interest that anyone could see in a moment.
So why did current Attorney General Mike de Jong hire Oppal?
The reaction from those with great interest in the case - aboriginal groups, women's groups and relatives of those murdered by Pickton - has been highly negative already.
“I cannot begin to tell you how upset I am,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, told the Globe and Mail today. The UBCIC, which has called for such an inquiry for years, was not even consulted on the choice of Oppal.
Lori-Ann Ellis lost her sister-in-law Cara Ellis on the Pickton farm without murder charges being completed.
"I am sure not very happy with the choice for the head of this public inquiry," she told the Vancouver Sun in an email. "How are we going to get the truth if the person heading this was a part of the problem?"
Exactly - how indeed?
I've always known Oppal to be an honourable man - the best way to maintain his good reputation in the fact of growing opposition to his appointment is to decline it.