The Air India Inquiry – July 18, 2006

Inquiries on CPAC

The Air India Inquiry – July 18, 2006

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

The Commission hears applications for standing. Barney Brucker (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) requests standing before the Commission on behalf of several government departments and agencies. Commissioner John C. Major grants the government full standing. Soma Ray-Ellis (Counsel for Air India) requests partial standing for Air India with respect to the second stage of the inquiry and certain terms of reference. The Commissioner grants this request. Norman Boxall (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) requests full standing on behalf of many of the families of the victims of the bombing and the Commissioner grants his request. Richard P. Quance (Counsel for the Family Members of the Crew Member Victims of Air India Flight 182 and Indian Nationals) requests full standing on behalf of his clients and the Commissioner grants his request. Sanjay Lazar, representing himself and speaking on behalf of three of his family members who died in the bombing, requests standing before the Commission, which the Commissioner grants. Amy Westland (Counsel for the Canadian Coalition Against Terror (CCAT)), requests partial standing or status as an intervenor. The Commissioner grants intervenor status to the CCAT. Patrick Thompson (Counsel for the World Sikh Organization (WSO)) requests special standing for the WSO and the Commissioner grants the WSO intervenor status. David B. Harris (Counsel for the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD)) requests special standing for the CCD and the Commissioner grants the CCD intervenor status. Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman identifies and enters into evidence written submissions requesting intervenor status on behalf of various organizations. A brief procedural discussion ensues.