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Independent Public Inquiry necessary to prevent future disaster: Mantha

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
June 28th, 2012 at 11:07am



The crowd for the Premier's appearance numbered in the low hundreds


Credit: Jake Cormier



Michael Mantha, the NDP MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, says an independent public inquiry is the best way to get needed answers about what can be learned following the tragic collapse of a mall roof in Elliot Lake.

“Canadians united behind Elliot Lake this week in a dark time. Now, we owe it to the families of the victims and the community to take every step we can to get answers and to ensure this doesn’t happen again. An independent public inquiry will ensure that no stone is left unturned,” said Mantha.

“The incredibly hard work of emergency crews and community leaders inspired people across the country. They are heroes and we won’t forget their efforts. Now we need to focus on learning what we can.”

Mantha believes an inquiry should examine both the events leading up to the collapse and after.

“If we are going to prevent future tragedies like this one, we need an independent review with a broad mandate to look for answers and ask the tough questions,” said Mantha. “We need to know what contributed to the incident and what steps have been taken to prevent it. We need to look at the role of the Ministry of Labour and how we can protect and improve our emergency response system to prevent future tragedies.”

An independent public inquiry can be established by the Premier under Ontario’s Public Inquiries Act.

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