Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Blair and your fellow witnesses who came with you, for your presence tonight. You have a lot on your plate, so I'll get right down to business, starting with the RCMP and the mass murder in Nova Scotia back in April, which was a great tragedy.
Everyone was expecting an immediate public inquiry to be called, and in fact there were noises about that in the days following the tragedy, and of course there were questions and suspicions about the history of the perpetrator's connections with the RCMP. People wanted to get to the bottom of all that, as well as the response that took place in the communities.
It took a very long time and then eventually there was going to be a review and no inquiry. The suspicion was that the government, particularly the federal government, was interested in avoiding too much scrutiny of the RCMP, and the public of course, the victims, wanted to get to the truth and thought that a public inquiry was the best way to do that.
Why did it take so long to make a decision and why did you do a review and not an inquiry? Was there any hint of trying to protect the RCMP from scrutiny in that decision-making process?