Hearings resume this morning at 09:30 am. The day will start with Justice Glaude providing further details on Phase 2 of the inquiry which will focus on “creating an environment that will foster healing and reconciliation.”
An “alleged” victim who has requested that his identity be protected will take the stand. He will appear in person and testify but his name will not be divulged, nor will we see him. We will, however hear his testimony, and the camera will, as with David Silmser, be on and will focus on Justice Normand Glaude or the lawyers. The “alleged” victim will go by the moniker C-10.
C-10 is the “alleged” victim whose affidavit apparently contains factual errors. Questions will undoubtedly be raised about these errors during his examination in chief and/or cross-examination, i.e., why he signed a document containing what sound like serious errors in fact, who aske him to sign it, what was said when he was asked to sign, who wrote the affidavit and so on.
This is the second instance of significant factual errors being discovered in affidavits from the Victims Group. Robert Renshaw’s affidavit states that he was raised in a family of devout Catholics and that as a result of the abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Charles MacDonald he lost his faith. When he took the stand however Bobby testified that he was not raised Catholic – his mother, a Roman Catholic, died when he was very young and his father, a non-Catholic, did not take the children to any church. In fact, Bobby is quite certain he was never baptised. It was quite obvious that those particular words in the affidavit were not his.
It seems that Bobby signed the affidavit wihtout reading it closley, if at all. The error came to light – publicly at least – during his recent testimony.
As a result of the discovery of the alleged errors in C-10’s affidavit all affidavits from the Victims group have apparently been taken off the Cornwall Public Inquiry website. Ledroit Beckett, the law firm representing the Victims Group, has been ordered by Justice Glaude to check the accuracy of every affidavit for every victim/alleged” victim who is part of the Victims Group. I believe there are about 48. The cost of checking out the accuracy of the affidavits is to be absorbed by the law firm, not the inquiry.
A mess or what?
This of course does nothing to enhance “the integrity of the inquiry” and unfortunately may be misconstrued by some as the doing of the real/“alleged” victims. From what I hear, see and know I don’t believe that is the case. But, once again, we shall have to wait and see….
The afternoon’s hearings were painful. Just painful. The decision has been made to embark on the alternative approach to addressing David Silmser’s letter. That means those parties who were waiting with baited breath to cross-examine Dave are now playing make believe David Silmser is on the stand. It’s ridiculous. An act of sheer desperation to absolve those seeking absolution. But it is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.
The object of the exercise of course is to destroy Dave’s credibility. What Ken Seguin or Charlie did or not do to him is inconsequential. With a decent mandate this could and never would have happened. But, it’s the institutional response which is on the radar, not the paedophile ring and not the cover-up.
So, as far as how to deal with Dave Silmser’s testimony is concerned, playing make believe is the name of the inquiry game. It will resume Monday 16 April after a two week break.
Yes, one week back and then gone for two. That will give me ample opportunity to recap post testimony which needs to be posted 🙂
And that’s enough for now,