A Zoomer Solution for the RCMP Difficulties
By Richard Rohmer
It’s fair to say that we Zoomers have always been proud of our Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In their scarlet jackets and distinctive caps they rather symbolize our Canada. The RCMP’s members turn up at all important Canadian events wherever in the world.
But something has gone badly wrong with the RCMP’s at-home in Canada image.
The RCMP are in the middle of what has to be one of the severest, most damaging series of allegations of incompetence and outright deceitful actions that threaten the forces’ credibility and its essential public trust.
Is there a solution to the RCMP blackened reputation? There certainly is. It is there, deep in the damning Air India report on the Force written by former Supreme Court Justice John Major and released just a few days ago on 17 June. It is contained in a suggestion by Mr. Major that has caught little or no media attention. But it is the only solution.
It is also a solution that would require enormous political guts for the current or any other federal government or parliament itself to impose. But it is the current party/leader in power that is strong principled enough to ‘go for it’ and take the hard steps to create the solution.
Then to add to the Air India stain on the RCMP’s reputation was the virtually concurrent report by commissioner Thomas Braidwood on the tasering death in 2007 of Polish immigrant, Robert DziekaÅ„ski, at the hands of the RCMP at the Vancouver International Airport.
The Braidwood report came down hard on the RCMP. Really hard. So hard that the B.C. government has taken the unusual step of retaining a special prosecutor, Richard Peck, to consider charges against the four RCMP officers involved in the incident.
So, what is the solution to the RCMP mess and its loss of the public’s confidence?
Mr. Major has it. In basic terms he suggests (and this should be his prime recommendation) that the Force may have spread itself too widely, and it is time it dropped its contractual policing duties that it conducts in a number of provinces.
That’s the solution.