The families of missing and murdered women have renewed a plea to extend the Pickton inquiry, a day after Attorney General Shirley Bond rejected the notion.

Opposition NDP Leader Adrian Dix said his party supports the request, saying the inquiry has been hamstrung by unwise decisions and insufficient support from the government.

“We’re dealing with issues of poverty and racism and inequality,” Dix said on Thursday. “At every stage, things that could have allowed the inquiry to succeed have been denied by the government.”

When asked about Bond’s promise to end the inquiry by June, Dix said Premier Christy Clark has disagreed with the attorney general before, and this is the perfect time to do so again.

“I understand that (the government is) stuck on their position, but they need to change that position, because it’s not the right position.”

Bond says an extension to the inquiry, which already has been given a year and a half, would just delay implementation of the changes its findings recommend.

NDP MLA Jenny Kwan noted that the inquiry into the Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski was given two years to complete its investigations, despite being of much smaller scope and involving just a single police jurisdiction.

Family member Lori-Ann Ellis pleaded for more time, saying that an extension would show “that society has changed — that our daughters, sisters and mothers did not die in vain, and that the women who work the streets today deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Bond says she is “confident” that inquiry commissioner Wally Oppal will be able to properly complete the inquiry by the scheduled end time in June.