SYDNEY — It’s unclear when a report into the Public Prosecution Service’s handling of the Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh case may be made public.
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry ordered the review after the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court’s quashing of 17 sexual convictions against MacIntosh dating back to the 1970s. The panel was critical of the Public Prosecution Service’s handling of the case over the years and the amount of time it took for the matter to go to trial.
The service was to report to Landry by the end of May. While it met that deadline, Justice Department spokeswoman Megan Tonet told the Cape Breton Post in an email that the report provided “was not a complete report according to PPS.”
She said the Public Prosecution Service wanted to confirm some details and finalize its findings before presenting a final report to Landry.
“I understand from PPS and RCMP that the department is expecting the final reports in the very near future,” Tonet wrote. “We’ve said all along that we are committed to releasing those reports publicly once we receive them and have had enough time to review the findings.”
MacIntosh has denied committing any crimes, saying he had consensual sexual contact with some of the complainants when they were above the age of consent. He has two unrelated but similar convictions from the 1980s.
There have been calls for the provincial and federal governments to hold an inquiry into the MacIntosh matter.