Submissions for Phase I of the Cornwall Public Inquiry start at 0900 hours or 0930 hours (9:00 or 9:30 am) tomorrow morning, Monday 23 February 2009. The Cornwall Public Inquiry website Home page lists the start time as 0900 hours: the oral submissions schedule lists start time as 0930 hours. I think it’s probably the latter but can’t be certain – suggest people tune in at 0900 to be on the safe side.
The roster for the day is as follows:
9:30 am – 11:30 am: Citizens for Community Renewal
11:45 am – 12:45 pm & 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Coalition for Action
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Victims Group
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: The Men’s Project
I hope to be proven wrong but anticipate Citizens for Community Renewal will carry on with it’s penchant to denigrate Perry and all those who allege a paedophile ring and cover-up. I also suspect the word “homophobia” or something akin to it will be uttered at least once.
Barring those possibilities, we shall have to wait and see 🙂
The corrected affidavits for members of the Victims Group have finally been posted. Just take a look at the number of victims with monikers! Unbelievable. Twenty-four out of 48! Fifty percent!! I still fail to understand what happened there. Forty-eight individuals willingly signed on to participate in a public inquiry – and 50 % later decided they wanted to retain their anonymity.
I see too that Dick Nadeau is still listed as a member of the Victims Group. He was not.
That aside I am intrigued that this whole business of fixing up serious errors in the victims affidavits took so long to rectify and is over and done with so quietly. (The errors were discovered two years ago, in Spring 1997 – shortly after the victims were called to testify and nearly 18 months before they were submitted by Ledroit Beckett as part of a package to obtain standing and funding for the Victims Group. )
How such serious errors crept into affidavits which were presumably sworn and signed by the victims is beyond me.
No one, it seems, is being or will be held publicly accountable.
Perry has been tarred, feathered, drawn, quartered and pilloried for a lot less.
That’s the way things have gone at this “public” inquiry. I don’t particularly want to see anyone drawn and quartered, but I do believe that what’s good for the goose should be every bit as good for the gander. And I do believe that something was seriously amiss in the manner in which these affidavits were obtained and/or sworn to and warrants scrutiny. And I do believe that the standard of perfection demanded a whistleblower should also be demanded of lawyers and law firms.
But, no. Deafening silence on those particular pieces of paperwork.
Why the inquiry blind eye?
Why the commissioner blind eye?
Does anyone give a hoot about anything in there unless it can somehow be pinned on Perry? This one certainly can’t. Is that the nub of this particular wave of silence?
The document detailing the errors in various affidavits is Victims Group Supplementary Affidavits, Exhibit 7.3. The other documents are essentially those which were originally filed in 1995, barring the substitution of monikers for 24 victims’ names and, in a few instances, redaction of the names of alleged molesters. I see that while spelling errors on the names of several alleged molesters has been corrected that of Nelson Barque has not. Barque is still, as before, mis-spelled B-A-R-O-Q-U-E.
Anyway, last week, a full two years after the fact, the entire corrected and redacted legal package was quietly posted on the Cornwall Public Inquiry website. The package comprises the following five files:
(1) 24 October 2005: Ledroit Beckett – Victims Group Standing and Funding Submission Submission (seems to be the same as the initial Part 1 submission)
On that note we shall see what the morrow brings :).
Enough for now,