B.C. government will review Pickton investigation
Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman says the provincial cabinet will meet on Sept. 8 to hear recommendations on whether the Robert Pickton investigation should be examined through a formal judicial review or a public inquiry.
After Vancouver police and RCMP apologized Friday for their failure to catch Pickton before 2002, relatives and friends his alleged victims said that sorry doesn't cut it and a public inquiry must be held.
Lilliane Beaudoin, whose sister Diane Rock vanished in late 2001, told CTV News she does not accept the apologies made Friday by the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP.
"Getting their apologies for the mistakes that they made is not acceptable. Those mistakes should never have been made," Beaudoin said.
Rock was among 13 women who went missing after Vancouver police say they passed on compelling evidence to RCMP connecting Pickton to the disappearances of women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
"Had they had everything set up as they said, such as the task force, the RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department, had they gotten all their information together they would have had this horrendous beast years and years ago, and a lot of lives would have been saved," Beaudoin said.
That's why she is calling for a public inquiry into what went wrong in the police investigation into Pickton.
So is Wayne Leng, a friend of Sarah deVries, who disappeared in 1998. The charge against Pickton in her death was also stayed.
"There's just so many areas that the police failed -- both the RCMP and the Vancouver police. It was just a total dismal failure on their part to investigate this case thoroughly," Leng said.
"The Vancouver police report cannot be the last word for these families. They won't accept that."
The stepmother of Pickton victim Marnie Frey, who went missing in 1997, is also calling for an inquiry.
"What's there to hide? The damage is done," Lynn Frey said.
"Because they were drug-addicted prostitutes, they were throwaways...nobody gave a damn, and now they're apologizing? It doesn't cut it for me."
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Maria Weisgarber