The provincial government announced today that there will be a public inquiry into the investigation and events leading up to the arrest and conviction of Robert W. Pickton and a broader examination of the manner in which cases involving missing women are investigated. The inquiry will be conducted pursuant to the Public Inquiry Act.
The commissioner who will head the inquiry and terms of reference will be announced when they are finalized.
Commissions are independent bodies under the Public Inquiry Act that provide advice and recommendations to government on specific topics of interest to the public. Under the act, release of inquiry reports is mandatory.
The act provides for two types of commissions:
* study commissions to research, examine and provide advice on issues of public policy; and
* hearing commissions to investigate and make findings of fact in matters where there is the possibility of a finding of misconduct.
The Public Inquiry Act can be found at: http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_07009_01