Statement on Review of Harassment in the RCMP

OTTAWA, February, 2016 – The Prime Minister has given me a clear mandate to ensure that the RCMP is a healthy workplace, free from harassment and sexual violence.

On February 4, 2016, I asked the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the RCMP’s policies and procedures on workplace harassment, and specifically to examine and evaluate the implementation of recommendations in its 2013 Public Interest Investigation Report into RCMP Workplace Harassment. This comprehensive review will assess the adequacy, appropriateness, sufficiency, and clarity of RCMP policies, procedures and guidelines in place to prevent and address allegations regarding workplace harassment at the RCMP.

Furthermore, I have spoken with Commissioner Paulson to make my expectations clear on how cases of harassment are handled: they require comprehensive, transparent investigations; strong discipline; support for victims; and plans to prevent toxic workplace behaviour.

I am committed to taking whatever action is necessary to help RCMP members, trainees and employees feel safe and respected among their colleagues and superiors. Canadians expect professional and exemplary conduct from their national police service.

Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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