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"Terrorism studies centre" may be one Air India legacy

Inquiry into fatal bombing concludes that academic centre might boost public understanding of terrorism.

It's been 25 years since Air India Flight 182 was blown out of Irish airspace, taking 329 people to their graves.

A Canadian inquiry, launched after much debate, weighed a number of conclusions. One of them -- an academic centre for the study of terrorism -- is detailed in the Canadian Press story here:

OTTAWA -- The federal government is considering creating a terrorism studies centre, just one of the proposals to emerge from the Air India bombing inquiry.

Newly obtained documents show federal officials have discussed possible models for the centre with members of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on National Security.

Notes and minutes from the federal advisory body's November meeting in Montreal were released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

Former Supreme Court justice John Major, who led an inquiry into the 1985 bombing, said last year that an academic centre to study terrorism would help Canadians better understand political violence.

In his final report, Major cited a litany of federal failures before and after the 1985 terrorist attack that killed 329 people, most of them Canadians.

The Public Safety Department had no immediate comment on the status of the terrorism centre proposal.

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