As my investigation into the Peterborough plane crash continues, it’s increasingly apparent that no government agency wants to answer any questions.
I shared a video last week detailing my researching the August incident wherein a young Muslim man stole a plane from a Markham airport, and, without training or experience, flew it to Peterborough before crashing it near a mall.
An early investigative report, which I obtained under Access to Information provisions, revealed that the government hadn’t retrieved data from the plane’s on-board GPS. I was told by a representative of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada that this had since changed, but such a change wasn’t included in the ATIP, and no one was prepared to tell me what, if anything, was found.
An investigator with the TSB told me to contact the RCMP.
A media relations corporal with the RCMP sent me a press release from August, which didn’t address the GPS question. When I followed up, she emailed me telling me that I needed to get the information from Transport Canada—the parent department of the TSB—rather than the RCMP.
I followed up with Transport Canada, who told me, again, to speak to the RCMP.
Being a glutton for punishment, I did, indeed, go back to the RCMP with this information—even forwarding the email from the Transport Canada official saying that Canada’s national police agency was responsible for giving me the information—and was told, yet again, that my answer lay with Transport Canada.
When I circled back to the transportation agency, I received no response.
No wonder the terrorists win.
It’s easy to roll one’s eyes at bureaucracy in action, but it becomes less funny when one realizes that these are the people tasked with actually getting to the bottom of what happened during this—and other similar events.