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Canada's New Government announces immediate steps to respond to independent report on RCMP pension and insurance plans

Ottawa, June 18, 2007 – Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, announced that Canada’s New Government is taking action to improve management and accountability within Canada’s national police force.

On Friday, June 15, David Brown, the independent investigator appointed to examine allegations surrounding the RCMP pension and insurance plans, released his findings. The report called for immediate action to address issues relating to management, culture and governance of the RCMP.

“I have closely reviewed Mr. Brown’s report and am pleased to announce that this Government will accept all of its recommendations,” said Minister Day. “Mr. Brown has provided valuable advice that will help us bring greater accountability and transparency to the Force, and ultimately, renew the trust of Canadians and members of the RCMP in this important national institution.”

Canada’s New Government made a firm commitment to address the serious concerns raised before Parliament on this matter. Today, we are announcing the following actions:

  1. Establishing a Task Force of experts, the members of which will be drawn from the RCMP and from the Public Service, and will also include outside experts in relevant areas such as policing and governance, whose mandate will be to consider the challenges faced by the Force. The Task Force will be asked to come forward with recommendations to transform the RCMP’s governance, so that it is structured according to modern governance principles of accountability and transparency, yet still embraces the type of focus and discipline that is needed to be effective.
  2. In addition to steps recently taken by the Commissioner of the RCMP, the Minister of Public Safety will issue a ministerial directive requiring further improvements to the RCMP's disciplinary process.
  3. Commissioner Busson has already indicated that she is committed to recognizing those five RCMP employees who reviewed and reported mismanagement of the pension plan. These courageous employees deserve our thanks and gratitude. The Government wants to reassure anyone who wishes to come forward with items of concern in the Force that they can do so without fear of reprisal.
  4. The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) investigation conducted in 2004 and 2005 will be referred to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for review.

“I want to reiterate this Government’s complete confidence in the men and women of the RCMP who day-in and day-out serve Canadians with courage, integrity, and commitment,” added Minister Day. “The actions we are announcing today will help make the RCMP a better and stronger organization for officers serving in communities from coast to coast.”

The Government is set to announce the appointment of a new RCMP Commissioner shortly.

Information:

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657

Mélisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety
613-991-2863