No plans for public inquiry into Bruce McArthur investigation, Ontario government says

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TORONTO – The Ontario government says it has no plans to hold a public inquiry into the Toronto police investigation of serial killer Bruce McArthur.

A spokesman for the provincial attorney general says the ministry hopes that an independent investigation already underway into how police handle missing persons cases will address the McArthur probe.

Gloria Epstein, a former justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, began her review last summer, but the McArthur investigation was excluded to preserve his right to a fair trial.

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Last month, she called for Toronto’s police services board to expand her mandate to include the McArthur case in light of his unexpected guilty plea.

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Earlier Thursday, the board released a statement saying it had asked the Ministry of the Attorney General whether it planned to hold a public inquiry and it expected a response soon.

On Thursday evening, ministry spokesman Brian Gray said in an email that the province hopes Epstein’s review will be enough to help improve Toronto police’s practices.

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