The B.C. government is set to reveal details about the terms of reference and the commissioner appointed for a public inquiry into the case of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton.
Attorney general Michael de Jong is scheduled to make the announcement tomorrow morning (September 28) during a news conference in downtown Vancouver.
On September 9, the provincial government announced there would be a public inquiry into the investigation that led to Pickton’s conviction on six counts of second-degree murder and how missing women cases are pursued.
The announcement came shortly after the public release of a detailed internal Vancouver police report that highlighted failures by both city police and the RCMP in handling the Pickton case.
Wayne Leng, the founder of missingpeople.net, a website dedicated to women missing from the Downtown Eastside, welcomed the inquiry.
“I want to find out what happened within the Vancouver Police Department and within the RCMP,” he told the Straight today by phone from Calgary. “I want to find out why, for so many years, nothing was done.”
Leng, a former Vancouver resident, was friends with Sarah de Vries, who went missing in 1998. He said he hopes police participate openly and honestly in the inquiry.
Both Vancouver police and the RCMP have welcomed the inquiry.
Under provincial legislation, a public inquiry can be designated in two ways: as a study commission with a focus on public policy, and as a hearing commission, which can make findings of misconduct.