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Two Nova Scotia MPs have now called for a public inquiry into the Nova Scotia massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people across the province.
Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher is among the few who have broken ranks with the Liberal Party, who are moving forward with an independent review of the incident rather than a public inquiry.
"I believe that the decision to move forward with a joint-review was made with good intentions; however, the gravity of this tragedy demands a greater response," Fisher said in a statement published to his Facebook.
"I've made my voice heard on this issue to our Government's decision-makers on this file, and I remain hopeful that greater authority will be given to this matter, with the ultimate goal being the announcement of a Public Inquiry," the statement concludes.
Cumberland-Colchester MP Lenore Zann has also called for a public inquiry. The two are among 10 Nova Scotia MPs who have signed a letter welcoming the joint review.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in May that the RCMP would work on an investigation, though he sidestepped the question on whether or not his government will launch a public inquiry.
"People have many questions about what happened in Nova Scotia. We're encouraging the RCMP to continue its work on the initial investigation. As we move forward there will be, of course, be larger questions to ask and we will be working with the government of Nova Scotia to get those answers," Trudeau said.
Disturbing information revealed in unsealed documents
According to newly unsealed documents, the shooter, who was killed in a shootout with the RCMP, smuggled drugs and illegal guns across the US-Canada border "for years," the RCMP has revealed.
The shooter, who worked as a denturist in a small community outside of Halifax, was described in police interviews as someone who "builds fires and burns bodies, is a sexual predator and supplies drugs in Portapique and Economy, Nova Scotia."
Among the drugs smuggled by the man was a "bag of 10,000 Oxycontin and 15,000 Dilaudid from a reservation in New Brunswick,” a newly unsealed document said.
The newly unsealed document even included one RCMP informant who said that he was aware of the shooter, and that he “was aware (the gunman) had smuggled guns and drugs from Maine for years and had a stockpile of guns.”
“People talked about there being ‘secret hiding spots’ on his properties’ and ‘there were areas that contain a false wall,'” the documents continue.