Perry Dunlop was forced by a subpoena to come from his home in British Columbia to appear at the inquiry, but both Monday and Tuesday he refused to answer questions from the witness stand, even when he was offered independent legal advice.
Perry Dunlop refused to testify at the Cornwall Inquiry both on Monday and on Tuesday.
"I lost my first house through legal advice. I don't want legal advice," he responded. "I have nothing to say.”
The inquiry, which opened in February 2006, has been examining the response of authorities in the 1990s to complaints that prominent members of the Cornwall community sexually abused dozens of children over decades starting in the 1950s.
Lead counsel Peter Engelmann said he thinks it's sad that Dunlop won't speak.
"I think it's very unfortunate that someone who was so involved at the beginning of this process, and someone who called for this inquiry and is … one of the principal reasons for it doesn't think his evidence is important for us to hear."