Open letter to Minister Stockwell Day

    OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW Telbec/ -

    March 29, 2007

    The Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister Public Safety Canada
    340 Laurier Avenue West
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8

    Dear Minister:

    RE: Equality for RCMP Members - Accountability for RCMP Management

    Revelations at the Public Accounts Committee on March 28th have, once
again, focused on the lack of accountability and lack of transparency of
senior management within the RCMP. Once again, we find ourselves pleading with
you to address the systemic and long-standing issues of inequality within the
RCMP. Accountability for RCMP senior managers begins with granting RCMP
members the right to form and participate in an independent, representative
police association; a right bestowed to all other police officers in Canada.
    Currently, RCMP members are not entitled to the same fundamental workplace
equality and labour rights as other police officers, and RCMP Management is
not held to the same standard of accountability as other police managers. The
internal discipline and grievance systems end with the Commissioner of the
RCMP as the final level of appeal. That, coupled with the fact that the
internal representation program is not independent from management, leaves
many members of the RCMP vulnerable and exposed on workplace-management
issues. The RCMP approach has been to deny, minimize, ignore, or cover up
these concerns. A system of democratic representation for RCMP members will
significantly increase the efficiency, accountability and transparency of
Canada's national police service.
    Despite numerous efforts by our association, and our members within the
RCMP to achieve these changes, you have steadfastly refused to address these
concerns. The time has come to grant RCMP members the same fundamental rights
and freedoms enjoyed by their peers across Canada. We urge you to reconsider
your stance, and introduce legislation that will afford members of the RCMP
the same fundamental equality and labour rights as all other police officers
in Canada.



    Tony Cannavino, President

    c.c.   Prime Minister Stephen Harper, P.C.
           All Members of Parliament
           National Press Gallery

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, Canadian
Police Association, (613)231-4168 ext 229, Cell: (613) 299-6516, Fax: (613)

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