VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s justice minister insisted Monday that a notorious section of highway in the province’s north known as the Highway of Tears is safer today than it has been, though she gave no indication about what more her government intends to do to protect vulnerable women in the region.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton was forced to respond to criticism that the province has been slow to come up with a plan for the Highway 16 corridor, where at least 17 women have disappeared or been murdered since the 1970s.
A public inquiry report released in December 2012 included an urgent call for safer transportation along a 700-kilometre stretch between Prince Rupert and Prince George.
Anton told the legislature the highway is safe.
“The overarching conclusion (of the public inquiry report) was that northern highways have to be safe,” said Anton, who was responding to a question from the…
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