QUEBEC CITY —; Opposition leaders in Quebec City are demanding for public security minister, Lise Thériault to resign.
They are calling for an independent inquiry, questioning why it took so long to take action on the allegations of sexual assault of Native women in Val d’Or.
“She has shown a lack of judgement, she has misinformed the public, she considers that it is normal that the police should investigate the police,” said Bernard Drainville.
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Drainville goes onto say that he no longer believes Thériault should have the public’s confidence.
“Instead of asking the police to investigate the police, she should have asked the independent bureau of inquiry to investigate what had happened in Val d’Or,” he said.
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Quebec National Assembly opposition leader, Pierre Karl Péladeau, echoed Drainville’s thoughts.
“What we’re talking about here is obviously police investigation about allegations that are very seriously considered and therefore should be managed by an independent body,” he said.
Quebec’s aboriginal affairs minister is holding off a promising public inquiry into the allegations of abuse, saying that the government can’t act quickly and hold a public inquiry at the same time.