Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Air India Inquiry - Mr. Justice John Major
We started this segment with a clip from Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking last June and reacting to the release of the final report from Mr. Justice John Major's inquiry into the bombing of Air India Flight 182. 329 people -- the majority of them Canadians -- were killed when the plane exploded over Ireland in June of 1985. The worst act of aviation terrorism until 9-11.
Succesive calls for an inquiry in Canada spanned the governments of Mulroney, Campbell, Chretien, and Martin. It wasn't until 2006 when Prime Minister Harper stepped up and finally ordered an inquiry. And now, nearly a year after Mr. Justice Major issued a series of recommendations intended to ensure security and cordinate intelligence agencies, he says the federal government is failing to follow through. Mr. Justice John Major was in Calgary.
The Current requested interviews with Jason Kenney, the federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, as well as Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Neither was available to speak to us this morning and no one from either of their offices or the Prime minister's Office was available either.
Air India Inquiry - Family Members
Our next two guests each lost loved ones in the Air India bombing. Shipra Rana lost her sister, Shyla Aurora. Bal Gupta lost his wife, Ramvuti Gupta. Bal Gupta is also the Chair of the Air India 182 Victim's Family Association. He and Shipra Rana were both in our Toronto studio.
Last Word - Seniors Special
We wanted to tell you about a special program we are working on for Thursday when our project Shift on demographic change meets the federal election campaign in a program where we want seniors calling in. And The Current's Kristin Nelson got the last word to explain ... with some help from celebrated Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.
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