Harper rebuffs call for missing and murdered inquiry

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:18 PM ET

WINNIPEG — The killing of Winnipeg Native teen Tina Fontaine is a crime, not a sociological phenomenon, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Speaking at Yukon College in Whitehorse on Thursday, the prime minister was asked about whether a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women is needed in light of the latest tragedy — 15-year-old Fontaine's body being discovered in the Red River last Sunday, a plastic bag wrapped around her body.

Harper responded by reiterating his government's position that an inquiry is not needed.

"I think we should not view this as sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime. It is crime against innocent people and it needs to be addressed as such," said Harper. "We brought in laws across this country that I think are having more effect in terms of crimes of violence against not just aboriginal women but women and persons more generally and we remain committed to that course of action."

 

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