To the Editor,
Was Wally Oppal, a one-time attorney general in BC’s Liberal government, the right man for the job of commissioner for the Pickton inquiry?
The answer was obvious before he spent $10 million of taxpayers’ money. His credibility was tainted by his political baggage right from the start.
Since Oppal released his 63 recommendations, the B.C. Liberals have been scurrying about expressing sudden concern.
If they were sincerely concerned about the plight of forsaken women, especially those in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Liberals would have acted long ago.
Oppal didn’t uncover a hidden treasure chest of secrets, he just regurgitated the obvious. Furthermore, he could have submitted a two- or three-page summary months and months ago, instead of writing 1,448 pages that will go largely unread.
But the timing for the release of his report is good for the Liberals. They can now make lots of political promises and announce a few substantive changes during the spring election.