Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: Serge Carignan
Serge Carignan (ancien membre de la Sûreté du Québec) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Brian Gover about his work, along with a dog named Arco, detecting explosives as part of a police canine unit. Mr. Carignan recalls orders he received on June 22, 1985 to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport in searching for explosives aboard Air India flight 182 and in some luggage. He explains that the aircraft had departed before he had an opportunity to search it. Mr. Carignan is asked about a report submitted to an earlier inquiry led by Bob Rae, in which the RCMP claimed that the passenger sections of all Air India flights from Canada in 1985 were searched as a result of increased threats to Air India. He is also asked about RCMP claims that Air India flight 182 was searched at Mirabel prior to its departure. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Carignan, asking him to clarify certain points from his testimony. Loretta Colton, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, cross-examines Mr. Carignan, who concedes that he may not have been told explicitly about a bomb threat against Air India flight 182. Ms. Colton asks Mr. Carignan about his knowledge of procedures and protocols for searching airplanes at Mirabel at the time of the bombing. Mr. Shore asks Mr. Carignan a brief follow-up question. Mr. Gover refers to an RCMP report on airport security measures in relation to Air India in Canada and asks Mr. Carignan about the measures.