An amendment to the Coroner’s Act was pulled on Monday in the Saskatchewan legislature.
The amendment introduced in October gave the Chief Coroner the option not to hold a full inquest in cases where the death was from an obvious cause or by self-harm.
Minister Gord Wyant took the blame for putting forward the amendment prematurely without sufficient consultation.
“We talked to the coroner’s office, in terms of process, we talked to officials within the ministry of justice. It certainly has become quite evident over the last little while that there are people that have perspectives on this issue that we didn’t hear from,” said Wyant.
The NDP raised concerns with the government when the amendment was first announced, saying the old legislation made sure all inmate deaths were properly investigated.