Quite apart from the core issue, which is whether the Province should have quashed old outstanding warrants in the first place, there is another issue.
How many warrants were quashed, for what types of offences, and why is the government reluctant to disclose that information?
The province is taking the position they don’t know how many cases this purge involved and that it would be expensive and time-consuming to make that determination.
I believe the reason is not a time and money issue. I believe the province does not want to share the information so as to (hopefully) avoid a political fire storm.
Why do I believe that it’s not a time and money issue? Because I believe a list already exists.
Outstanding warrants are entered on the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system so that if police encounter a wanted person they can execute the warrant. So….at the time that the warrants were quashed, the Province would (or should) have provided Winnipeg Police and RCMP with lists of the names of accused persons whose warrants were quashed in order that police could remove them from CPIC. The police would need to do this to ensure persons no longer wanted on warrants are not unnecessarily arrested. Unnecessary arrests could create a liability issue; if not for police, certainly for the province.
Such lists were provided to police, right?
If not, they should be, and quickly.