Tories promise Rehtaeh Parsons inquiry
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives are promising to launch a judicial inquiry to examine what they say are the justice system's failures in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.
Tory Leader Jamie Baillie made the election campaign announcement today at the Halifax home of Glen Canning, Rehtaeh's father.
Baillie says the 17-year-old girl's death was tragic and the subsequent police investigation has left too many questions unanswered.
Rehtaeh was taken off life-support after a suicide attempt in April in what her family says was brought on by months of bullying.
They say she was tormented after a digital photograph of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in November 2011 was passed around her school.
The RCMP said earlier this year that they looked into the allegations of sexual assault and an inappropriate photo but after consulting with the province's Public Prosecution Service, they concluded there weren't enough grounds to lay charges.
A week after Rehtaeh's death, police reopened their investigation after receiving new information in the case.
Two men were arrested last month and they face child pornography charges.