As wedge issues go, the idea of an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women loomed large over the 2015 election. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused to call for one, despite the chronically outsized murder rate among indigenous women. Both the NDP and the Liberals were prolific in their expressions of outrage over Harper’s obstinacy. “The Conservatives are on the wrong side of history,” lamented Justin Trudeau in 2014. A Liberal government, he said, would launch such an inquiry as one of its first priorities. Along with a new approach to natural resource development, the inquiry became the linchpin in the Trudeau government’s narrative of respect and dialogue with the country’s First Nations. Gone were the days when the federal government would burrow through native lands unchecked… Next »
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