'It's just not acceptable,' Indigenous leaders say, as Ontario won't commit to mandatory inquests for children who die in care - 2020-01-24
Ontario's Attorney-General says the suicide of a First Nations teenager in the child welfare system is an "absolute tragedy," but he would not immediately commit to mandatory inquests for children who die in care.
Doug Downey said on Friday that the Progressive Conservative government is reviewing a request by Indigenous leaders and others to make such inquests mandatory, but he still needs to consult with other ministers.
"It's an absolute tragedy. And we have a process where we talk among our colleagues. I don't walk up to a mic and just make decisions," Mr. Downey said at an unrelated community policing announcement, alongside Premier Doug Ford. Mr. Ford deferred questions to Mr. Downey.