A long-awaited inquiry into the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing, which killed 329 people mostly of Indian origin, today blamed the Canadian government for its failure to prevent the tragedy and recommended the appointment of a powerful security czar to resolve disputes between conflicting interests among security agencies.
"The government needs to take responsibility to avoid further failure and to prevent a return to a culture of complacency," Justice John Major, the head of the Kanishka bombing inquiry commission recommended on Thursday, nearly 25 years after Canada's worst terrorist attack.
Canada's national security adviser should be given sweeping new powers to resolve disputes between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security and Intelligence Services (CSIS), Justice Major told a live press conference in Ottawa.
In the much awaited final report from the commission that investigated the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985, he observed that national security continues to be badly organised between the RCMP and Canada's spy agency.
He also recommended radical transformation in prosecution.
The national security adviser, who currently provides advice to the prime minister on security and intelligence issues, should also be the final arbiter where the two agencies disagree, Major said.