11/07/2015 11:52 EST | Updated 11/07/2016 05:12 EST

Rona Ambrose Will Support Inquiry Into Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

"If this government wants to do this study, we will support it."


The Conservatives will support a public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, says interim leader Rona Ambrose.

Her comments mark a reversal of the position taken by the Conservatives under Stephen Harper, who repeatedly rebuffed growing calls for a national inquiry, saying the government action on crime precluded the need for further studies.

"If the Liberal government wants to do an inquiry, and they think that's an important thing to do, I will support it," said Ambrose during an interview on CBC News Network's Power &Politics.

Ambrose said she met with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould today.

"Our approach was always, let's not study it, let's take more action. If this government wants to do this study, we will support it.… I said to her, I'll support you in any way," Ambrose told host Rosemary Barton.

"This is an absolutely non-partisan issue," she said.

The newly elected leader was even more definitive in her support during an interview set to air Saturday on CBC Radio's The House with Chris Hall.


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