Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he still has “a great deal” of confidence in RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and denies her government exerted “any undue influence or pressure” on the National Police investigation into the shooting of 2020 in Nova Scotia.
“We did not exert any undue influence or pressure. It is extremely important to emphasize that it is only the RCMP, it is only the police who determine what and when to release information,” Trudeau said. “I still have a lot of… trust in Commissioner Lucki.”
The government and Commissioner Lucki have come under scrutiny for their involvement in the case, after allegations emerged on Tuesday that the federal government used the worst mass shooting in Canadian history. to advance a new gun ban.
According to documents released as part of the Mass Casualty Commission, at a meeting 10 days after the murderous rampage that left 22 people dead, Chief Mountie Lucki expressed disappointment with the division’s handling of press briefings. Nova Scotia, as she wanted them to release accurate information about the firearms used by the author.
In handwritten notes, Nova Scotia RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell wrote that Lucki indicated that she promised then-Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and the Prime Minister’s Office that the RCMP would release this information, and that it was related to ongoing gun control legislation intended to make officers and the public safer.
At the time, the Nova Scotia RCMP – which had been under close scrutiny for its handling of the case from the start – said releasing further information would jeopardize the investigation by course on the abuser’s access to firearms.
A few days later, the Prime Minister announced a ban on 1,500 assault weapons, including the weapons used in the shootings in Nova Scotia. Moving forward with gun control measures was a pre-existing Liberal commitment, dating back to their 2019 election campaign.
Echoing denials from Blair and Lucki — who wrote in a statement that while she regretted the way she approached the meeting, she would never jeopardize an RCMP investigation — Trudeau also told reporters that, even if the government had not intervened, they had questions.
“I will point out, however, that when the worst mass shooting in Canadian history happened, we had a lot of questions. Canadians had many questions. And I got regular briefings on what we knew, what we didn’t know. answers continue to come out, even as the public inquiry is ongoing,” the prime minister said, in a scrum with reporters traveling with him for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, as the spring session draws to a close, the opposition continues to call for a parliamentary committee study to provide a full analysis of the facts of the issue.