Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witnesses: David Dewhirst, Maureen Basnicki
The Commission hears testimony from David Dewhirst, a client services officer with Human Resources and Social Development Canada who, at the time of the Air India disaster in 1985, was working for the Department of External Affairs and had been recently posted to India. Mr. Dewhirst responds to questions from Mark J. Freiman, Commission Lead Counsel, and Soma Ray-Ellis, Counsel for Air India, about his work in Bombay, India, offering condolences on behalf of the Canadian government to families receiving the remains of their loved ones who perished in the bombing. Maureen Basnicki (founding member of the Canadian Coalition Against Terror (CCAT)), whose husband died in the terrorist attacks in the United States on September, 11, 2001, responds to questions from Mr. Freiman about CCAT’s mandate, the extent of any assistance she received or was offered from the Government of Canada after her husband’s death, and her advocacy on behalf of victims of terrorism and their families.