By The Canadian Press-Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the terms of reference for a public inquiry into alleged abuse at a former Halifax orphanage should be set before the new year.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil
McNeil, speaking Thursday after his first cabinet meeting, also said he expects the inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children to start in the spring.
Former residents of the home allege they suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse by staff at the facility over a 50-year period up until the 1980s.
McNeil's office later said it would not proceed with the independent panel announced by the former NDP government that was to look into the allegations.
McNeil says he has yet to be briefed on a court case involving 155 ex-residents who want the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to certify a potential class-action lawsuit against the provincial government.
McNeil, who led the Liberals to a majority government in October, has said getting the public inquiry started is one of his top priorities.