Costs reach $25.6 million for public inquiry into 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting

The public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting has already cost $25.6 million to investigate the rampage on April 18 and 19, 2020, with about five months still left on its term.

Costs are shared between the federal and provincial governments for the investigation, which was established in October 2020 and began a public process on February 22 this year.

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The inquiry is investigating the causes and circumstances that led to the shooting deaths of 22 people over 13 hours by a gunman driving a replica police vehicle, and is expected to recommend ways to help prevent and respond to incidents. similar in the future.

According to the breakdown of expenses presented as of March 31 of this year, the investigation spent almost $2.9 million in fiscal year 2020-21, and in the last fiscal year it spent about $22.7 million.

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About $9.5 million of the cost has been for the salaries and benefits of 68 employees, with Chief Commissioner Michael MacDonald receiving up to $2,000 a day and the two commissioners, Leanne Fitch and Kim Stanton, $1,800 a day.

Part of the commission’s budget funds the cost of attorneys representing victims’ families, and that portion of the expenditure totals about $2.5 million to date.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 20, 2022.

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