In a new op-ed for HuffPost Canada, Chelsea Vowel hits a strong note on this issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, calling for both action, and an inquiry.
There seems to be a consistent answer coming from the Prime Minister’s Office: An inquiry won’t tell us anything we don’t already know.
Vowel feels that there seems to be an ultimatum of sorts: There can be an inquiry, or the money can be put in action plans, but not both. She stresses that there is no reason that both don’t happen.
I’m inclined to agree with Ms. Vowel. While action must be taken, there is no reason why an inquiry can’t be called. An inquiry will hopefully shed light on new information that may not already be known.
There’s an old saying in business and politics. If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people, and if you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you. The Prime Minister is a smart man, but he is too hard headed to know when he is wrong, and no one in the PMO will tell him differently.
We need both action and an inquiry. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Mr. Prime Minister, call the damn inquiry.