Reforms needed to prevent political pressure on the RCMP

A parliamentary committee convened Brenda Luckithe former Minister of Public Security Bill Blair and other members of the RCMP to testify about what happened on April 28, 2020.

During a telephone conversation, the Commissioner Lucky reportedly promised federal officials to provide information on the types of weapons used by the shooter in the killings.

According to handwritten notes from the Superintendent Darren Campbellthen responsible for the investigation into the massacre which claimed the lives of 22 people, the commissioner Lucky said that this information was related to a gun control bill that the federal government wanted to introduce.

Mr. Campbell chose not to say anything about the weapons, arguing that such an announcement could endanger the ongoing investigation.

The commissioner Lucky denies interfering in the investigation into the killings.

For their part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the former Minister of Public Security Bill Blair both denied pressuring her.

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RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell explains the killer’s journey in Nova Scotia during a news conference April 24, 2020 in Dartmouth.

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The teacher Darryl Daviesof the University Carltonargues that this problem would not exist if the Commissioner of RCMP depended on Parliament and not on the Minister of Public Security.

Thus, it would be very clear that the RCMP is an autonomous and independent organization, and its decisions would be free from political influencehe said.

The RCMP would have an ambiguous role

Another criminologist does not believe that placing the commissioner under the responsibility of Parliament is the only solution.

The teacher Rob Gordonof the University simon fraserconcedes that the RCMP rather needs civilian, not political, control.

However, for this solution to be effective, the mandate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police must first be examined.

She’s trying to fix too many things for too many peoplehe points out, explaining that the national police in the United States and the United Kingdom do not have to deal with rural and isolated areas.

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Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, leaves Parliament Hill in Ottawa after a news conference on April 20, 2020, the day after the outcome of a shooting that left 22 dead in Nova Scotia.

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Rob Gordon argues that numerous studies over the years have demonstrated the need for better civilian control of the RCMPbut governments lack the political will to establish it.

We are unfortunately stuck with this Canadian symbol that no one wants to breakhe laments.

Bill Blair accused of telling nonsense

The opposition asked the Minister of Civil Protection several times on Thursday, Bill Blairif he believed the version of Darren Campbellthe superintendent of the RCMP.

I have never criticized an active member of the RCMP and I won’t startreplied the Minister Blairwho served as Toronto’s police chief from 2005 to 2015.

I did not participate in the discussions that took place between the commissioner and her subordinates. We did not comment on this discussion, but I repeat that there was no interference in this mattercontinued the minister.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki (left) and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (right) before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on February 27, 2020 in Ottawa.

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The teacher Rob Gordon believes that the minister is only saying irresponsible and disappointing nonsense.

As for the teacher Darryl Davieshe believes that the government prefers to defend the RCMP rather than imposing reforms.

This institution is in crisis. She has been dysfunctional for several yearshe says.

The parliamentary committee will resume its work on Tuesday.

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