Missing women inquiry could delay action: Oppal

Former B.C. attorney general Wally Oppal Photo By CARMINE MARINELLI/Vancouver 24hrs/QMI AGENCY file...

Former B.C. attorney general Wally Oppal Photo By CARMINE MARINELLI/Vancouver 24hrs/QMI AGENCY file photo

Jessica Murphy, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 7:34 PM ET

The former B.C. attorney general who headed up that province's inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women worries that an inquiry into the issue could delay much-needed action.

"Inquiries should be held if there's something that can be learned from (one)," Wally Oppal said in an interview Monday. "There's a possibility that if we have another inquiry, that solutions will be further on down the line."

Oppal said the 1,400-page B.C. report by the Missing Women Commission offered a "very, very comprehensive" view of the myriad problems facing aboriginal women in Canada that made them more likely victims of violence - but he's yet to see much done to implement the recommendations contained in that report in the nearly two years since its publication.

"There comes a time when we really have to take action," he said. "The issues regarding missing and murdered aboriginal women are fairly common and the issues are the same across the country.  And so I think that's what we need to do first of all - look after the issues of poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, health issues and all of those matters.

 

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