Rehtaeh Parsons case to get full review if PCs elected
PC Leader Jamie Baillie promises full judicial review into case if he's elected premier
Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says if his party is elected to lead the province, his government will call on a full judicial review of the investigation into the Rehateh Parsons case.
Baillie said a full judicial review — something the girl’s family has been calling for — into the bullying case that has gained attention around the globe is in the interest of all Nova Scotians.
The PC Leader made the announcement from Glen Canning's backyard on Saturday.
Canning’s daughter, Rehtaeh, died in April at 17 after a suicide attempt. Her parents said she was sexually assaulted when she was 15, and then bullied about it for more than a year.
Halifax police and RCMP decided to reopen the case in mid-April after her death, saying that new and credible information had been brought forward.
Murray Segal, a former Ontario prosecutor, has been appointed to conduct an independent review of the handling of the case by police and the Public Prosecution Service in Nova Scotia.
Glen Canning, Rehtaeh’s father, said there is lingering frustration around how the NDP-led provincial government handled the case and why it took so long for charges to be brought forward against the boys in the case.
“I don’t feel confident whatsoever that the current reviews that are taking place are going to answer those questions, they just don’t have the power,” he said.
But NDP Leader Darrell Dexter defended his government’s role in the case.
“We have become leaders across the country, with respect to cyberbullying, and cyber-legislation,” said Dexter.
The Liberals said calling for another review into the case is premature.
"We still have court proceedings taking place and the fact that two people have been charged, and the case hasn't made its way through yet, I think it's important that process be completed,” said Liberal justice critic Michel Sampson.
Baillie said a full judicial review would be a priority for his government. If elected, Baillie said a review would start within his first 100 days in office.
The boys charged in the Rehtaeh Parsons case are both 18, but they can't be named because they were youths at the time of the alleged offences.
One is facing two charges of distributing child pornography and another is facing charges of making and distributing child pornography.