Friday, June 22, 2012


Federal Politics

Harper's Bill C-42

RCMP Accountability Act includes civilian review element    

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl


hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl said Bill C-42: Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act will give the RCMP the tools it needs to enhance trust and restore accountability in its ranks.

"In recent years the exemplary service of members of the RCMP has been overshadowed by the unacceptable behaviour of a few. The Conservative Government is taking action to restore the public's confidence in the RCMP," said Strahl.

The Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act will:

  • Help modernize the discipline, grievance and human resource management framework, including new measures to create a single, seamless and comprehensive investigation and resolution process for sexual harassment complaints where the respondent is a member of the Force. It is also providing the Commissioner the direct authority to discharge members for various non-disciplinary administrative reasons.

  • Create a modern and independent Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to replace the existing Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP and provide it with enhanced powers to carry out its mandate.

  • Establish a statutory framework for handling criminal investigations of serious incidents involving RCMP members, which will improve the transparency and public accountability of these investigations.

"The initiatives we are taking will ensure that the RCMP remains a recognized symbol around the world for professionalism, honesty, integrity and compassion," said Strahl.


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