Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae is calling for a public inquiry to get to the root of the tragedy that befell Ashley Smith, the troubled teen who choked to death in her prison cell as guards stood watch.
he wants the inquiry to go beyond the particulars of Ms. Smith’s death
to expose the general inability of the prison system to cope with
mentally ill offenders.
Mr. Rae made the call Thursday after concluding the government of
Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t on its own reveal everything it
knows about the Smith case.
He expressed frustration that the
Conservative government has not responded to his repeated questions as
to whether more videos exist documenting the mistreatment of Ms. Smith
and other mentally ill offenders.
Since the release last week of
two disturbing videos showing Ms. Smith being restrained with duct tape
and injected with powerful anti-psychotic drugs against her will, the
government has said it has ordered corrections officials to co-operate
fully with a coroner’s inquest into Ms. Smith’s death.