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PM avoids promising federal inquiry into Nova Scotia shooting rampage

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t commit to a federal inquiry into the recent Nova Scotia shootings.

Nova Scotia’s premier said this month he would not plan a public inquiry into the shooting and burning rampage that claimed 22 lives last month, saying the province is waiting to see what Trudeau’s government decides.

Stephen McNeil told reporters the province “will wait to see” what Ottawa commits to, other than an ongoing RCMP investigation.

In an appearance before reporters Friday, Trudeau said the RCMP are still working on the case and the federal government will work with Nova Scotia on what to do next, but sidestepped a question on whether his government will launch an inquiry federally.

A former neighbour of the gunman has said she reported his domestic violence and cache of firearms to the Mounties in the summer of 2013.

Domestic violence is being examined as a key aspect of the mass shooting, as police have said the rampage began after the gunman restrained and beat his common-law spouse in Portapique, N.S.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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