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March 10th, 2015

NDP demands implementation of Fynes Inquiry recommendations

The NDP is calling on the Harper government to immediately implement the recommendations in today’s report from the Military Police Complaints Commission into the tragic death of Corporal Stuart Langridge.

“The Fynes family has waited more than six years for this report and for proper accountability for the handling of the investigation into their son’s death, and for the treatment of the family” said NDP Defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s East). “The government must implement these recommendations to ensure tragedies like this don’t happen again.”

The Military Police Complaints Commission’s report on the death of Cpl. Langridge made 46 recommendations, most of which have already been rejected by the Conservatives.

“It is unconscionable that a military family has had to suffer this ordeal at the hands of both the federal government and the military,” said NDP Defence deputy critic Élaine Michaud (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier). “Today’s recommendations are an important step in offering the Fynes family some justice and recognition for the ordeal they were forced to endure.”

In addition to the recommendations, the NDP is demanding that the military’s internal Board of Inquiry report – concluded in 2011 – finally be released to the Fynes family.