Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says the province wants the federal government to call a full inquiry into the case of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh.

Dexter says Justice Minister Ross Landry is meeting with his federal counterpart in Ottawa today to make the request.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the Crown's appeal of a lower court ruling that tossed out 17 sex offence convictions against MacIntosh.

The court said the Crown took too long to bring the former Cape Breton businessman to trial on charges involving boys in the 1970s.

MacIntosh was working in India when the allegations first surfaced in 1995, but he wasn't extradited to Canada until 2007 and didn't go to trial until 2010.

Landry has said the province will conduct an internal review that will also deal with the role of the federal government in the case.