HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he believes the responsibility for an inquiry into the death of Afghan war veteran Lionel Desmond and three of his family members rests with Ottawa.

McNeil made the comment in the legislature Wednesday in response to a question from Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie, who noted that Ottawa doesn’t seem interested in carrying one out.

Desmond shot and killed his mother, wife and daughter before taking his own life earlier this year in a rural community near Antigonish, N.S.

Desmond’s sisters, Cassandra and Diane Desmond, journeyed to Ottawa last week to get answers from federal officials but say they were largely ignored.

Federal officials insisted the decision on whether to call an inquiry rests solely with the Nova Scotia medical examiner’s office.

McNeil says the province is weighing its options, including it’s role with Ottawa in a potential inquiry, but he wouldn’t commit to calling one.


  1. As an RCMP member I worked closely with the military men and women, doing lots of training with them. After retirement I trained military personnel re-entering civilian life after tours in Afghanistan. One sergeant had done two tours in Afghanistan and had difficulty managing financially to remuster. After Trudeaus payout of $10 million to a killer terrorist Khadr, I ask you what kind of a message does that send to our troops.
    Trudeau is not a patriot; he is a lousy leader with no concerns for serving or retired military men and women. I applaud your service to save democracy for Canada. God bless our troops serving and retired.

    Wayne Kachur

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