Low expectations for today's RCMP task force report



    OTTAWA, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Police Association (CPA) has
low expectations for today's RCMP Task Force Report.
    "The Canadian Police Association had hoped that the RCMP Task Force would
be part of the solution," said Tony Cannavino, CPA President. "But today we
expect the Task Force will become part of the problem," he added.
    Six months ago, David Brown, the lead investigator appointed to
investigate wrongdoings in the RCMP, determined that the RCMP was 'horribly
broken' and in need of major reforms. While Brown identified the symptoms, the
CPA is afraid today's diagnosis will fall short of addressing the disease.
Brown himself has indicated he is not prepared to consider anything
revolutionary.
    "Unfortunately," said Cannavino, "the agenda of the Task Force has been
manipulated by the RCMP. The Task Force includes a former Commissioner of the
RCMP, Norman Inkster, who himself contributed to the very crisis of confidence
within the RCMP and the RCMP culture of impunity."
    Members of the RCMP who met with the Task Force have complained to the
CPA that the sessions were manipulated by RCMP managers to control the
commentary and feedback received by the panel, and task force members seemed
disinterested in controversial issues.
    In a statement to members of the RCMP issued earlier this week, RCMP
Commissioner William Elliot spoke of links established between the RCMP and
the Task Force to ensure "accurate, 'real-time' communication between the RCMP
and the Task Force". Commissioner Elliot went on to predict "that the Task
Force will recommend significant changes including in relation to human
resources and staffing, our discipline system, and our grievance procedures".
    The Canadian Police Association has supported and applauds the efforts to
restore the image of Canada's largest police institution. Canadians have been
rightly concerned about the wellness of Canada's national police service, and
have also been concerned about the toll the culture of intimidation and abuse
has taken on RCMP members.
    "Unfortunately, while we anticipate the report fashioned by the Task
Force and RCMP will address the need for new oversight and accountability for
the RCMP, we do not expect the report to adequately address the legitimate and
corresponding rights and protections for RCMP members," said the President of
the Canadian Police Association.
    "RCMP members need, and deserve the protection of a truly independent
association to effectively represent their genuine officer safety interests
and protect them from harassment or abuse; protections afforded every other
police officer in Canada. We expect Mr. Brown, Mr. Inkster, and the other
members of the Task Force to side-step this issue, and must now look to the
Minister of Public Safety, Stockwell Day, to do what an obviously biased Task
Force would not do to protect the members," concluded Cannavino.

    A copy of the CPA submissions to the Task Force can be found at
www.cpa-acp.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, (613)
231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516, pcollin@cpa-acp.ca

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