The recent coroner's inquest into the death of Sherry Charlie saw a parade of witnesses testify about the toddler's slaying at the hands of her great uncle. But absent from that parade was provincial New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons. Before he was elected, Mr. Simons, as our astute readers will remember, was commissioned by the government to write the director's review into Sherry's death. And, according to our operatives, he had been subpoenaed to testify at the inquest - perhaps providing information that may have been left out of that report. But, on Monday, coroner's counsel John Orr notified Mr. Simons he had been struck from the witness list because a number of additional names had been added to the inquest's already packed schedule. To date, the MLA has been unable to speak about his past review work due to a confidentiality agreement with the government.
February 20, 2006