Supreme Court of Canada grants Leave to Appeal to RCMP members

OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada (MPPAC) received encouraging news today when it was informed that Supreme Court of Canada Justices LeBel, Karakatsanis and Wagner granted Leave to Appeal a previous Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision. In June 2012 the OCA overturned a lower court's ruling that the charter rights of RCMP officers were violated by arbitrary regulations proscribing RCMP members from participating in union (association) activity.

A favorable Supreme Court decision therefore will essentially allow non-commissioned officers of the RCMP to unilaterally determine the method and means of their labour representation vis a vis RCMP senior management and Treasury Board. The current MPPAC, which has no official standing in the RCMP, was established in 2010 and is fighting for a Canadian charter right accorded the vast majority of Canadians, namely the right to engage in collective bargaining through an officially recognized association directed by and for RCMP and civilian members. At this point in time the RCMP remains the only major police service in Canada without a formal, professional association to represent its members.

The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada was established in 2010 and is fighting for the right to engage in collective bargaining through an independent association on behalf of RCMP regular and civilian members across Canada. The Association does not seek or support the right to strike. To learn more about our national association, visit www.mppac.ca.

SOURCE: MPPAC

For further information:

Rob Creasser
Media Relations, Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada
T: (250) 371-1071 • E: national@mppac.ca