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McGuinty Government To Call Public Inquiry In Cornwall

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McGuinty Government To Call Public Inquiry In Cornwall

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- The McGuinty government will call a full public inquiry as soon as possible into events related to the sexual abuse allegations in Cornwall, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today.

The Crown has decided that it will not proceed with an appeal in the last remaining criminal trial arising out of Project Truth, which was launched by the Ontario Provincial Police in relation to the allegations.

"I have always believed that the people of Cornwall deserved a public inquiry. Now that all the criminal proceedings related to this case are over, residents in the area can be assured that steps are being taken to launch a public inquiry," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Working with MPP Jim Brownell, who has been a strong advocate for the people of Cornwall, I will ensure that a public inquiry is launched as soon as possible," said Attorney General Michael Bryant. "The people of Cornwall deserve this inquiry."

Bryant and Brownell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-Charlottenburgh, will work together with community groups to establish the issues that should be covered in the inquiry. Ministry officials are laying the groundwork for establishing the inquiry.

"I am pleased that the public inquiry that I have been seeking for my constituents will be launched," said Brownell. "My constituents want closure. This inquiry is a necessary step in that direction."

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