Monday, June 06, 2005
Canada's puppet police force
'Don't ask Mounties to get their man if he is connected to the Liberal party.'
This opinion piece by Licia Corbella appeared on Sunday June 5th in the Calgary Sun. Read complete article here
If you haven't heard of Licia Corbella before, she is the real goods. Period.
I intend to pursue this thread as soon as I can find a few hours to sort out my thoughts. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are a couple of starting points. The italics and parentheses are mine.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act
'Section 5. (1) The Governor in Council (ie. the Cabinet) may appoint an officer, to be known as the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who, under the direction of the Minister (ie. the Solicitor General of Canada), has the control and management of the Force and all matters connected therewith'.
OATH OF OFFICE
'I, ............, solemnly swear that I will faithfully, diligently and impartially execute and perform the duties required of me as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and will well and truly obey and perform all lawful orders and instructions that I receive as such, without fear, favour or affection of or toward any person. So help me God'.
Keeping in mind the Oath of Office, read this article by Greg Weston in the Ottawa Sun - June 5th: That's a Horse of a Different Colour
When you get to this part, make sure you slow down and consider the implications of what Weston is saying: 'But there is something much deeper here, a pattern of behaviour that suggests the force is due for an extreme makeover, starting at the top.'