Comment #3 on the Rouleau Report:
Commissioner Brenda Lucki of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has resigned and retired from her job. She managed to time the resignation to escape the criticism due to Canada’s police forces in the Rouleau Inquiry report. Her and the RCMP certainly deserved their share.
As a youngster, I was deeply impressed with the books about the derring-do of our red coats of the north. As a young airman I was less than impressed with brash young officers on provincial duty, fresh out of 26 weeks at the Regina training depot.
In business, I found the RCMP open and interesting to work with but very much tied to an NIH (not-invented-here) attitude. To put it bluntly, the RCMP is quaint. The force is like the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London, useful for some colour against the background of the Canadian Prairies, but an anachronism.
If Lucki had been smart enough to realize that it was her responsibility to lead the charge of her force up Parliament Hill on the miscreants of the ‘freedom’ convoy, our politicians could have slept better and she could be retired with honours. Sure, it might have been setting aside some of the restrictions on her force yet it was hardly unlikely that anyone in Ottawa would make a serious complaint.
But as it was, her force was part of the scepticism and dithering. Her communications with Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Thomas Carrique proved she was not doing her job.
We were just damn lucky that emergency preparedness minister Bill Blair was not turned loose on the convoy people. In 2010, during the G20 meeting when Blair was Toronto police chief, he was in titular command of an expanded police force. Yet with a more than adequate force he still let some crazies run amuck vandalizing downtown Toronto, and did nothing. He waited until the next day and his force kettled innocent citizens out for a summer, Sunday evening walk downtown. It is really too bad that there was never an inquiry into that serious abuse of police powers.
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