There is a “tragedy of epic proportion” in this country all right, but it isn’t the one cited in the enormous, expensive and weirdly cloying report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, better known as the Pickton inquiry.
That 1,448-page monster report was delivered in Vancouver this week by commissioner Wally Oppal.
Pickton, of course, is the serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton, who for years lured women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside — many of them drug addicts or street sex workers — to his Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farm.
Though he was a suspect from as early as 1998, Pickton wasn’t charged until almost four years later. When he was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder in 2007, 20 other murder charges were stayed.