March 27, 2006

Motions could derail Cornwall abuse inquiry

CBC News

Last updated Mar 27 2006 01:01 PM EST
CBC News

The Cornwall sex-abuse inquiry faces two motions to limit the scope of its probe that threaten to derail the entire investigation as it resumes Monday.

The inquiry, headed by Justice Normand Glaude, is an independent investigation into how the justice system responded to allegations that high-profile members of the community and clergy sexually abused children over the course of 50 years.

The motions drew criticism from Garry Guzzo, a former MP who fought for an inquiry during his time in office. He said Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant promised the inquiry would be limitless in scope when it opened in mid-February.

"He said it was going to be open, it was going to be transparent and it was going to be complete," said Guzzo. "And I said, 'Do those words apply to the Diocese of Alexandria and the church?' and he said, 'Absolutely, Garry. Absolutely.'"

Posted by kshaw at March 27, 2006 04:38 PM