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PC Leader Jamie Baillie supports inquiry into murder-suicides by former soldier

"We've been calling on the provincial government here for such an inquiry both into what happened specifically in the case of Lionel Desmond, but also to look into whether our healthcare system is able to respond in crises like that," says Baillie. 
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Nova Scotia's Tory Leader says he's supporting the province's move to hold an inquiry into the Lionel Desmond triple murder-suicide.

Jamie Baillie says he's hoping the inquiry will bring about change in Nova Scotia's mental health system.

Chief Medical Examiner Doctor Matt Bowes announced Thursday he recommends an inquiry into the deaths be held, with the hope that it will provide answers and prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

Baillie backing the move, telling news 95.7 he also hopes it will answer questions and spur change.

"We've been calling on the provincial government here for such an inquiry both into what happened specifically in the case of Lionel Desmond but also to look into whether our healthcare system is able to respond in crises like that," says Baillie. 

Baillie says the biggest challenge facing the province is still mental health care, adding it's imperative all pieces of the system are functioning.

"To get people who are troubled, like Mr. Desmond, the care they need immediately and also to protect their families," he says. 

Retired Corporal Lionel Desmond shot his wife, their young daughter and his mother, before turning the gun on himself.
     
Desmond had been diagnosed with PTSD and post-concussion disorder after completing two difficult tours in Afghanistan in 2007.




Chris Halef

About the Author: Chris Halef

Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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