Minister Ambrose welcomes the tabling of the Enhancing RCMP Accountability Act

OTTAWA, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, welcomed the tabling of the Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act. This Act will give the RCMP the tools it needs to enhance trust and restore accountability in its ranks.

"I welcome the tabling of the Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act," said Minister Ambrose. "Breaking down workplace barriers that prevent women's full participation takes courage, vision and tenacity. I am proud to be part of a government that embodies those qualities and I am pleased that we have successfully brought this important and much-needed legislation before Parliament."

The Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act brings forward a number of measures that will make a difference for both women and men serving in the Force and for all citizens, including:

  • modernizing the RCMP's discipline, grievance and human resource management framework, including new ways of addressing complaints involving members of the Force;
  • creating a modern and independent Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP; and
  • establishing a statutory framework for handling criminal investigations of serious incidents involving RCMP members, improving the transparency and public accountability of these investigations.

The RCMP will also be able to establish a single investigation and resolution process for alleged harassment by a member.

SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries only:   

Michelle Bakos
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819 997-5421

For all other inquiries, contact:

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and
Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
613 995-7839

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