MPs to investigate alleged political interference in Nova Scotia shooting investigation

MPs on the House of Commons Public Safety Committee are meeting Monday to explore whether there was political interference with the RCMP as it investigated an April 2020 shooting in Nova Scotia.

Just a week after a gunman killed 22 people during a 13-hour shooting spree, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lackey held a meeting with top officers in Nova Scotia that those present described as tense.

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Supt Darren Campbell, who was in charge of the investigation, wrote in his notes that Lucky mentioned promising to release information to the federal government about the weapons used by the gunman.

RCMP communications director Leah Scanlan also told a public inquiry during the investigation into the shooting that then-Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were “considering what we could say and do.” Can’t say what”, though he didn’t elaborate. What did that mean?

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“At no point did I cross that line,” Blair told reporters amid questions over interference in the RCMP investigation into the Nova Scotia shooting.

‘I never crossed that line,’ Blair tells reporters amid questions over RCMP interference in Nova Scotia shooting investigation – June 29, 2022

Trudeau and Blair have vehemently denied there was any political interference, and Lackey has repeatedly said he felt no pressure from federal officials.

The Commons committee will hold hearings at national headquarters with other senior RCMP members from Lucky, the Nova Scotia Mounties, senior Blair officers and Deputy Public Safety Minister Rob Stewart.

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