Let's put a few questions to @IainTRankin on Twitter!
What would you say to the growing number of Nova Scotians who are losing faith in their institutions as the slow drip of revelations about the RCMP over the course of months has in recent days turned into a firehose...
...taking into account what the leaked 911 calls revealed about what the RCMP knew before 10:30pm on April 18, and the questions raised about the SIRT investigation into the takedown of Gabriel Wortman at the Big Stop on April 19?
Considering its well-known connections to the RCMP, do you have faith that the Mass Casualty Commission has the ability and the will to hold the RCMP to account? Are we gonna need an Inquiry into the Inquiry, maybe?
Have you watched the gas station security videos, have you read the eyewitness testimony that corroborates the videos, and what's your opinion on what they show, and does your government continue to have confidence in Felix Cacchione as head of SIRT? Please explain why.
With the release of the gas station security tapes, is your government going to have to open up another investigation into privacy breaches and whatnot? Perhaps the leaked videos don't properly respect the privacy of the Mounties, or Gabriel Wortman?
Could you give your thoughts on statements from the RCMP and some of your own cabinet ministers, regarding potential or real investigations into a media outlet for doing what it's supposed to do, holding power to account with public service journalism?

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