Thursday, April 10, 2008

Green's leader calls for probe of RCMP 'interference'

Apr 10, 2008 11:03 AM
Richard Brennan
Toronto Star

OTTAWA — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said today Canada cannot tolerate police interfering in a federal election and has called for a public inquiry into allegations that former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli meddled in the 2006 election by naming then-Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale in a criminal investigation during the midst of the campaign.

"Former Commissioner Zaccardelli's refusal to provide evidence to the internal Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP is unacceptable," May said.

She said what happened in 2006 was something more akin to a third world country run by a tin-pot dictator.

"If this train of events had occurred in a developing country, we would be quick to conclude it was a banana republic. Canadians must demand a full inquiry to get to the bottom of this extremely serious interference in our democracy."

Just recently, RCMP public complaints commission Paul Kennedy released a report into his 13-month inquiry into the affair, saying, "I haven't got the slightest idea what was going through the commissioner's mind."


Dr Mike said...

Thank God for people like Elizabeth May who will take on such a " used to be " venerable institution as the RCMP & it`s former commissioner.

Something wrong occurred in this case as is evidenced by Mr Zaccardelli`s no show as evidence supplier to the Internal Commission.

If nothing wrong had occurred , I am sure the boss would have showed & presented his stuff.

Sounds to me like he took the "fifth" to cover his butt on this one----If that had been you or I , we would see the inside of the hoosegow so fast , it would make you dizzy.

I guess position does have it`s privileges-- his failure to be accountable must just be one of them..

Dr Mike.

Robert Gibbs said...

Ever since the CONs were elected to gov't in 2006, I'd say Canada has become a "third world country run by a tin-pot dictator" and a "banana republic."

And of course, the RCMP has become this "banana republic" state's official rogue police force.

In little more than two years, Canada's gone to Hell-In-A-Hand-Basket.

Thanks much Heir Harper.