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RCMP: A Request for Commission of Inquiry

Jan 31

Subject: Royal Commission of Inquiry into Affairs of the RCMP
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:33:46 -0500

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada

Request:  Royal Commission of Inquiry into Affairs of RCMP:
Allegation: RCMP Smear Campaign to Overthrow a Previous Prime Minister et al

I am RCMP Staff Sergeant Mel Young. I am presently on medical leave from my position as Chief Reviewer, Border Integrity, Criminal Operations “O” Division (Ontario). I have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from the cumulative effects of years of workplace harassment, threats and other retaliatory abuses by certain RCMP commissioned officers after reporting multiple counts of wrongdoing in the RCMP. It is with profound sadness that I contact you directly but recent events occurring in the RCMP and my perception that the Minister of Public Safety blundered in handling a serious complaint  regarding the behaviour of the Commissioner have clearly demonstrated that the RCMP is not yet capable of restoring the historical leadership values demanded of an organization commissioned by Her Majesty The Queen in her role as Commissioner-in-Chief over the RCMP.

I firmly believe that the contents of this e-mail supported by my documentation in the control of the Minister of Justice (Department Of Justice/RCMP) and dozens of cases similar to mine across the country will provide you with ample grounds to support the recommendation for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of the RCMP. A major crisis of leadership is occurring inside the ranks of the RCMP as harassment cases continue to arise. The position of RCMP Commissioner is anchored with deep rooted tradition and entrusted to promote justice, tolerance and equality-free from degradation.

One of the final catalysts igniting my plea to you directly stems from the egregious mocking gesture by our Commissioner. Last spring,  when referring to RCMP members like me suffering from the daily struggles with PTSD, Commissioner Bob Paulson, while attending a town hall session, performed the profoundly offensive cuckoo sign when he raised his finger to his head, twirled it around and whistled. This mocking behaviour would not even be tolerated on the playgrounds of an elementary school.  Words cannot fully describe the pain I suffered the day I learned that the Commissioner of Canada’s national police force used that mocking gesture to poke fun at people like me suffering from PTSD.  Only after an audio clip of the egregious act  was posted on an internet site did the Commissioner send a “written apology” to all RCMP employees.  However, upon close examination of the apology, it is remarkably evident that he did not actually apologize for the cuckoo sign- instead he apologized for our misinterpretation of the act as meaning he did not care about members with PTSD. He stated that nothing could be further from the truth. That, I offer,  added insult to injury. Blaming us for misinterpreting his gesture is profoundly despicable. The cuckoo sign is universally known as a blatant attack on a person’s mental condition and not easily misinterpreted. I sent a formal complaint to the Minister of Public Safety  outlining this egregious act coupled with other egregious events surrounding this matter. I am not aware of any commissioned officer in the RCMP who spoke out against the Commissioner.

On January 6th, 2014 an article stated Commissioner Bob Paulson was allegedly accused of being involved in a smear campaign against Dr. Michael Webster,an RCMP designated physician in British Columbia. It was reported in ipolitics (Jan 6th)(Annie Bergeron-Oliver-reporter) that he was quoted as stating that Dr. Webster had gone “nuts'” . These were his stated words according to an internal e-mail obtained by the Mounted Police Professional Association (MPPA).  If the e-mails are accurate as described,  this Commissioner must be forced to step aside until a though investigation is conducted.  We cannot have a Commissioner twirling his finger at his head and whistling when referencing members with PTSD. Nor can we have a Commissioner referring to anyone as being “nuts.” The regulations with respect to the implementation of Bill C-42 will be finalized in the coming months giving the RCMP Commissioner and other senior RCMP officers unprecedented powers to discipline and dismiss those employees who are perceived as “bad apples.” I offer that whistle blowers who form the foundation of conscience in the RCMP will be identified as such and be left without protection from their aggressors.

Unlike our RCMP Commissioner, the leaders of our Canadian Armed Forces are not poking fun at their soldiers suffering from PTSD. They are not twirling their fingers at their heads and whistling.  Why is it being  tolerated in the senior ranks of the RCMP?  Why is the RCMP Commissioner allowed to publicly attack the motivations of certain members who offer testimony or describe their horrific incidents?  Whether accurate or not, the Commissioner has no right to publicly attack those members who describe their experiences in the RCMP.  An egregious failure of accountability exists in the RCMP.

The  Office of the Minister of Public Safety absconded from its  leadership responsibilities  by choosing to refer my complaint  to an Inspector- five rank levels below the Commissioner. Given that the Minister of Public Safety chose not to respond to my complaint directly, I do not know which Minister made the decision. The Honourable Vic Toews retired a week after I submitted my complaint to him. The Honourable Steven Blaney assumed the role shortly thereafter.

I was advised by RCMP Insp. (now Supt.) Harvey Seddon that the Minister of Public Safety sent my complaint to him as he felt the complaint was in keeping  with the chain of command as a serving member. Supt. Seddon stated that he thought the Commissioner’s apology was sincere and that he would not be ordering a Code of Conduct on Commissioner Paulson. I maintain  that profound procedural blunders were made by  the Office of Minister of Public Safety and Supt. Seddon.  I believe  the Minister of Public Safety  has clearly failed me and all  other victims of  PTSD. I am not aware of any employment hierarchy in Canada where a subordinate employee has the authority to conduct an investigation on his/her employer.  The Commissioner of the RCMP reports to the Minister of Public Safety on the basis that Her Majesty The Queen has chosen not to exercise her operational authority over the RCMP. Instead, she allowed our law makers to possess operational control though she has never relinquished her role as Commissioner-in-Chief. The Minister of Public Safety was wrong to send a complaint against the RCMP Commissioner to a subordinate employee of the Commissioner.

It can reasonably be inferred that an entire group of RCMP employees suffering from PTSD was re-victimized by the Commissioner’s mocking gesture.  An apology  is a mitigating factor considered at the end of the investigation. If the RCMP Act and the Code of Conduct are to applied universally, an independent investigation should have been ordered. Constables are not granted the privilege of issuing an apology as a substitute for accountability under the RCMP Act-nor should Commissioner Paulson. Anyone who believes that an apology is sufficient lacks an understanding of the painful daily struggles with PTSD. RCMP members are obligated to report breaches of the RCMP Act regardless of rank.  I have always maintained that turning a blind eye to injustice enables  injustice to flourish. We are peace officers first and entrusted to uphold the law. We must, in all cases, stand up for those who are victimized by others.

Standing up to an abusive commissioned officer in the RCMP can bring a world of hurt to those who dare come forward.  I am one example of many. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and I struggle each and every day after reporting  gross misconduct in the RCMP.  I have been harassed, intimidated, and overtly threatened by  senior commissioned officers.  A former Prime Minister may have been the target of subversion by a smear campaign organized by member(s) of the RCMP.  At the time of disclosure, I was told that the RCMP (CFSEU) has an investigative and political side and as an investigator, I had to learn how to harness that power. We will never know the intimate details of the alleged smear campaign against the prime Minister given the serious blunders made by the RCMP. What I do know for certain is that the RCMP took extraordinary steps to silence me on that-and many other complaints. The emotional abuse runs deep and over a lengthy period of time. A highly respected RCMP member summed it up best when he expressed that he believed that the RCMP had me on a  “slow burn” hoping that I will eventually give up my pursuit of justice.

I joined the RCMP in 1990. After my first six years of RCMP detachment policing in Newfoundland, I transferred to Ontario in a Federal policing environment. While working with an RCMP unit, several co-workers disclosed that they were being harassed by a supervisor. Though I was the most junior member on the team, I spoke out on their behalf and in doing so, instantly became the target of the major forms of aggression resulting in me seeking protection at the provincial court via peace bond under s.810 cc. I was accompanied by a supervisor who provided testimony that I have reason to fear for my person safety.

During this intense ordeal the following contents of a letter was placed found in my internal RCMP mail slot in an RCMP Federal Government envelope. It stated:

“You appear to be a knowledgeable individual. I think that you should take advantage of that knowledge and stop the action you are taking. You have caused sufficient aggravation for several people. We cannot guarantee that future responses to your continuing actions will be as pleasant as this memo. I am confident that you realize that for every action there is an equal reaction and sometimes a stronger reaction! Enjoy your career!”

The following response by the Officer in Charge would shock the conscience of Canadians. After refusing to back-down from complaining about the bullying behaviour, I was ordered by the RCMP to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The order was based on three written criteria:

that I attempted to seek court action;
that I disobeyed him (by going to court);
and that I feared for my safety.

It was at this time I realized that, despite the many leaders who perform their jobs admirably,  a venomous vein exists in the senior management in the RCMP.

Despite knowing that my rights as guaranteed under the Charter were being grossly violated,  I obediently complied with the formal order. The RCMP designated physician who performed the evaluation stated the following in his report:

“Cst. Young appears to be a highly principled man. He wants to get along with everybody and do his job. He has a strong need to “do the right thing” no matter what the personal cost or inconvenience. He is the kind of person who when seeing something wrong feels responsible to take action, the very thing he was hired to do as a police officer.”

I was profoundly saddened that the RCMP would take such punitive actions to silence me. Despite the conclusions of the psychiatric evaluation and despite formally complaining about this retaliatory behaviour, I felt defeated and in that sense, the RCMP accomplished its goal. I would soon, after threats were made and under profound  duress, sign a document withdrawing my complaints. In exchange, the RCMP agreed not take any retaliatory measures. A letter  was issued apologizing for the RCMP’s response to my complaint. My solace would be short-lived. The retaliation did not abate.

While working with the RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), I attempted to intervene in a situation where a fellow member was being severely harassed by a supervisor. That NCO snapped at me and stated that the other investigator was the source of the problem. He exclaimed, “You better understand that!” He expressed that I had a character flaw by being too nice and accessible to other RCMP members. He noted that my constant need to protect the rights of criminals and other RCMP members demonstrated this weakness. He stated, “The only thing that mattered at the end of the day was that the bad guys were in jail and it did not matter how we got them there.”

One of my many disclosures included an  allegation that I was threatened by a senior commissioned officer to drop my complaint that member(s) of the RCMP may have engaged in the criminal offence of subversion by using RCMP coded informants to conduct a smear campaign on our Prime Minister at the time. That RCMP officer advanced to the rank of Assistant Commissioner prior to retiring. He assumed a leadership position with a provincial police force.  That complaint and many others were historically reported to the RCMP. I also disclosed this event (and many others) to investigators with the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP during the Commission’s Public Interest Investigation on RCMP Harassment. I remain profoundly baffled that this criminal allegation (and the harassment directed at me for its disclosure) did not materialize in the Commission’s final public report. I am aware that many documented incidents of harassment have been excluded from the final report for reasons unknown.

The threat by the commissioned officer was bold. He  actually provided the wording for me to send to the Commissioner of the RCMP as follows:

” After careful consideration of the events of my complaint, I have chosen to retract my complaint at this time.”

I refused to send the Commissioner an e-mail withdrawing my complaint regarding the Prime Minister. Instead, I sent the offending commissioned officer a direct e-mail as follows:

“This e-mail is my official notification to you concerning our meeting prior to your departure. I believe that the events of this meeting constitute threats, intimidation and harassment. After careful reflection, I am not able to draft a few lines you wanted me to send to the Commissioner to retract my complaint concerning the matter involving Prime Minister xx” (Prime Minister’s name is stated in the original e-mail and copy in possession of the RCMP and Department of Justice)

In bizarre fashion, the Commanding Officer at the time alerted him to my complaint (correspondence in my possession) prior to an internal investigation being ordered. Equally disturbing, a senior officer who also advanced to rank of Assistant Commissioner named in my original complaint regarding the Prime Minister was also the officer appointed to rule on one of the included complaints.  I received official correspondence (also in my possession) that Interview tapes were “accidentally” erased during transcribing, which at a minimum, was grossly incompetent.

The RCMP should not have the authority to investigate itself on an allegation that specifically relates to RCMP members being engaged in an act of subversion against its Prime Minister or other elected official where organizational culpability exist (or perceived). Reality has shown that significant investigative and procedural blunders were made and overt retaliatory acts were committed to silence me.

The above complaint was pursued with other egregious complaints in an omnibus complaint. Once again, the struggle with the RCMP complaint process was profoundly onerous and took an incredible emotional toll on me. I was again beat-down and threatened with dismissal. All punitive responses to my complaints were specifically disclosed to the RCMP. The emotional cost was too high for me and my family. The RCMP was relentless in their attempt to silence me and I was not able to cope with the daily emotional struggles. I was drowning in rataliation and in hopes of surfacing for air , I eventually, under profound duress, signed a document with the Commanding Officer withdrawing all of my complaints with the exception of the complaint regarding the Prime Minister. I agreed to unequivocally accept the decision of the Commanding Officer in regards to the investigation of the Prime Minister matter. I forfeited any ability to appeal or complaint about his decision. (The full details were supplied to the RCMP with correspondence)

The above are merely a few reported examples (of many reported) in a long abusive history of threats and demeaning acts of aggression I suffered  at the hands of RCMP officers- because I came forward to report wrongdoing.  I refused to remain silent but it came at a significant personal cost. If the RCMP is able to beat down RCMP members like me, what possibilities exist for the general public?

A few years ago, I was invited to participate in a process under the direction of RCMP Supt. Bob Boulet, the OIC Employee/Management Relations (EMRO). He explained that the RCMP developed a program to resolve matters like mine which pose a significant risk to the RCMP. He advised my wife and me that the RCMP recognized that historical harmful behaviour was committed by some senior managers/employees and that the RCMP is prepared to make financial amends after a risk assessment (fact checks) knowing that I would not be able to serve my entire 35 years before pension. He also stated that he would assist me in finding another job in the federal Government. I was invited to submit all of my complaints in the form of a demand letter which would be reviewed by his office prior to submission to the Department of Justice for consideration. After submitting my documentation, the officer in Charge remarked to the Staff Relations Representative that he was impressed with my truthfulness and professionalism. I have not received any concluding communication from the Department of Justice or RCMP since that time. This again, was a colossal failure especially given that I was invited to participate in this process. I do not have a statement-of-claim filed or pending in any court. I understand that the EMRO was dismantled and absorbed into the divisions.

The parameters of e-mail prevent me from providing you with the complete documentation in the possession of the RCMP and Department of Justice. I am confident that your colleagues in the PMO will request a consultation with the Minister of Justice and Minister of Public Safety to obtain the required documentation to allow you to make an informed decision. I suggest you not only examine the report from the RCMP Employee/Management Relations Office to the DOJ but also focus on reviewing my original submission to the EMRO including appendices and responses to e-mail questions sent to me by EMRO.

It is noteworthy that I offered (not accepted) a previous Commissioner my participation in a polygraph examination to confirm by credibility. The RCMP has an incredibly competent polygraph forensic interview team. It should also be noted that despite the severity of my allegations against specific RCMP members, I have not been the subject of any complaint by those members whom I accused of profound wrongdoing. I alleged that specific RCMP members may have engaged  in a smear campaign to overthrow an elected Prime Minister-one of the most serious criminal acts that a national police force could ever commit against its elected government. Yet, is it not profoundly telling that those RCMP members I alleged as being involved, at no time,  formally complained about the credibility of my submissions?

I believe the RCMP has engaged in systemic acts of harassment against me and other members for identifying wrongdoing in the RCMP workplace- acts which would shock the conscience of Canadians- acts which are so profound that they require a Royal Commission of Inquiry. I offer you an opportunity as my Prime Minister to take meaningful steps to advance this matter to the Governor General for Canada after a review of my documentation in possession of the RCMP and Department of Justice.  It is imperative that the Royal Commission focus on a thorough examination of the facts related to the RCMP investigation of the smear campaign against our Prime Minister at the time. Significant  mistakes were made which are troublesome.

The Canadian people deserve answers. They have a right to know whether their national police force made attempts to overthrow their elected leader through a smear campaign. They need to know that an RCMP member stood up on the side of justice and attempted to obtain answers while being threatened by his RCMP leaders. They need to know that the provisions of Bill C-42 will not be used by senior RCMP leaders  to silence its whistle blowers preventing allegations like mine from surfacing.
I also request that you take immediate steps to ensure that the RCMP is prevented from taking any further retaliatory actions. I have endured insurmountable abuse. I did not join the RCMP to be a punching bag for my RCMP leaders. I have provided  instructions that should any retaliatory actions  occur from the RCMP, a copy of all documentation will be filed for safe keeping with a justice in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada to ensure that an accurate  historical record of all the events is safely maintained should conditions be favourable for review in the future.

I am open to meeting with you (without prejudice) or your designate.

S/Sgt. Mel Young
Tel: 226-377-2811

  1. Catman permalink

    Well said Mr. Young. Many members feel your pain, and for the same reasons, as you stated. Bullying, harassment, the making of false allegations, mobbing, neglect to follow RCMP policy, etc etc etc. The list goes on and on and on. How many times do we need to SCREAM out that something VERY wrong has happened to our once beloved National Police Force??? Who is listening??? Are we invisible? The public seem to be on board with what really goes on behind closed detachment doors. They’re not stupid. They get it. Why aren’t any of our Country’s LEADERS getting it?

    Thank you for your service to the public. Thank you for standing for what is right and what is true. Thank you for “Maintiens Le Droit”. Good ALWAYS prevails over evil.

    …it started as a whisper.

    • Catherine permalink

      It definitely did start as a whisper, didn’t it? But now we are shouting. Time to move forward and to gain our voices back. About bloody time.

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Yes thank you Mr. Young. Your thoughts are well executed and should bring weight to our cause and shake everyone to acknowledging just what is wrong with the RCMP. I am taking off time sick again in a little over a year. After multiple harassment cases, and nothing really been done, it’s time to say enough is enough. Your expression reflects what many members, civilian members and public service, municipal employees are facing, have faced, will face today and tomorrow until we slay the dragon so to speak! let it end in a shout of victory for all! ~

  3. Hello Mel,

    I call you Mel by your first name and not by your rank, because rank has nothing to do with what the RCMP did to you and many of the rest of us. I agree that there needs to be a Commission of Inquiry into the RCMP treatment of its members.

    If what you say about the RCMP interference with a Prime Minister is true. This in my view is an act of treason.

    I believe that what you are saying is true. I haven’t seen the documented proof, however I would like to suggest to you that another avenue that you could possibly look at, is the United Nations. There is a branch that deals specifically with corrupt Governments/Police Agencies in Countries that purport to be Democratic. The current history of our current government with regards to attending United Nations meetings has been an embarrassment to say the least.

    As you know, Canada was the founding father of the United Nations. It’s principal job was brought about to help Countries that were attempting to become democratic. Unfortunately, Canada has some how fallen in the eyes of the United Nations. We as a Country have lost our way.

    Interference in any democratically elected government is and can be considered an act of treason by those that instigate or attempt to change any democratically elected officials. Only the people of a Country have the right to change their government by way of an official election.

    Keep up the good fight my friend. If it weren’t for people with high moral fiber such as yourself. People who have seen and experienced the rot. People in positions of authority that are trying to do the right thing. No one would be the wiser.


  4. Calvin Lawrence permalink

    Always remember that you are running a marathon and they are running a relay.

    • Catman permalink

      Calvin, I beg to differ with your statement even though it was well meaning. Mr. Young is NOT running a marathon. A marathon is when ONE person partakes. Mr. Young has ALL OF US on his team, and we are in much better shape than ‘they’ are…now that’s a relay! Bring it on.

    • Catherine permalink

      I like the analogy of the relay. I’m not standing alone in a marathon. I have people I can pass the baton to when I’m tired. Relays are a good thing.

      I guess at the end of the day we can just try to help each other out and continue to pass the baton. I’d rather not run this race on my own.

  5. Rob Creasser permalink

    Unfortunately S/Sgt., you are appealing to the Prime Minister who has organized this whole mess. The current government, as well as previous governments, have their mitts all over the RCMP and will continue to have until the public starts to scream enough is enough. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening any time soon. The Commissioner has become just another politician who does what his political masters tell him to do. Be afraid, be very afraid, of what the future holds for the RCMP unless more folks like yourself start telling their stories to the public we serve.
    Congratulations for actually walking the talk in terms of the core values of the organization. Not enough people do!

    • Catman permalink

      Almost every member has a story to tell (to some degree) that is similar to Mr. Young’s story. We all need to stick together. Although it is true that the government rules the RCMP, at least when members appeal to the Prime Minister with such written documentation as Mr. Young did, that will serve Mr. Young well when he eventually turns to a lawyer. The Prime Minister can’t say he was not advised of the issues. If he doesn’t do something or how he replies/reacts will be a useful tool in a court of law. It’s just a piece of the puzzle, but it’s a piece. Every bit counts. Keep up the good work!

  6. Cst Anonymous permalink

    Wow, it sure is encouraging to see/hear other employees/Members coming forward trying to hold Management accountable.

    I too have stories/examples (…upon stories/examples). Everyone of them a disgrace – everyone, not a thing done.

    btw, note to Mgt: Transferring them and promoting them does NOT count!

  7. Buck permalink

    Staff Young, I salute your courage to stand in the light and let your voice be heard. I know the rot of which you speak, but am aghast at yet another story of longstanding corruption within the Force.

    Be careful if you have members attending to do a wellness check on you. As you know we are all valued peons, ooops! I meant employees.

  8. anon permalink

    Thank you for your courage and honesty S/Sgt. Young. I too was told I needed to see psyche when I spoke out about something that was happening to me at work. I was quite robust and mentally healthy at the time but they eroded that. Their chosen psychologist came back with a similar assessment to yours, so they refused to provide me with a copy! Then followed 2 1/2 years of horror. I am still repairing the damage done. God speed to you. I believe every word you say, unfortunately.

  9. Anonymous permalink

    Pretty bold talk Catman.

    Cal Lawrence fought the fight when you were in middle school. He did it alone and as a minority and beat the Force twice.

    Nobody else has those creds including you. When you’ve proven yourself go ahead and talk, but you haven’t.

    Until then Cal is the man, and when he talks….smart people listen.

    • Catman permalink

      Bold? No. What is so bold about the TRUTH? I said (in case you didn’t see that) that I understood his words were well meaning. But go ahead and ask other members here how they feel if you don’t believe me. And since it seems you totally missed the meaning of my post I will reiterate…just for you. We are a TEAM, Mr. Young is not alone. We already know what we are up against and we’re not scared of it. Nothing is going to stop us, not even nay sayers.
      You know NOTHING about me so don’t tell me what I’ve experienced. This isn’t a popularity contest. Why don’t you get up and contribute to the good of the members instead of trying to tear it apart by sitting on your computer perusing what others are constructively putting together? If you think my post was bold, you are being too sensitive.

      • Calvin Lawrence permalink

        Catman. I say this with the utmost respect. Not giving your name is a non-starter in supporting anyone. You cannot hide in the shadows and support someone who is in the light.

      • Catman permalink

        Hi Mr. Lawrence, I can appreciate what you’re saying, however, we have a Class Action lawsuit in the making right now and we do not wish to have that thwarted by anyone. There are many here who are anonymous and rightfully so. Many are still members who go to work every day, they have a family to support, etc. When there is no trust for our employer this is what happens. This is one of the things we hope to change in Policy. It is our right to Freedom of Speech and we should not be able to be muzzled by our employer, but we are. IF we thought we had somewhere to go to support us on that we would, but that’s not the case. This fight has gone right to the top. So all in good time…our names will proudly come out, rest assured. Until then, whether anonymous or not we still support the cause and we will make a difference.

    • Calvin Lawrence permalink

      What everyone is after here is to be able to go to work in the RCMP and become all they can be. Members want to treated fairly and not be discriminated against or harassed.

      It has been my experience and observation that no government body, or civilian organization, is going to act on your cry in the night. People in the government and the RCMP will come and go and nothing will change except the names of the doctors, government officials, and RCMP members responding to your complaint. (Hence the relay quote.)

      Expose the individual that wronged you and how the individual wronged you. Then you sent it to everyone who can read on the planet. (Write a letter to the UN naming the individual) After you do that a funny thing happens. The harasser becomes stressed and become fearful and now in the same boat you are.

      If we are fearful – do it anyway.

      Stand up and be counted or lie down and be counted out!

      See (Calvin Lawrence Racism RCMP) Space between words

      • Catman permalink

        Way to go Mr. Lawrence! Well said. Any support or advice from your experience is greatly appreciated as you have been there. Thank you.

      • Catherine permalink

        Hey Calvin. I love your quote, “Stand up and be counted or be counted out”. I once stated to a doctor, “I feel like I’m being hit over the head with an anvil”. My doctor replied back to me, “it’s better to be hit over the head with the anvil than to lay underneath it”. So, having said that, I guess I’ll just continue to get hit over the head with the anvil.

  10. Catman permalink

    To all members, civilian, regular, PS (past and present); Don’t know if you noticed the post on Re-sergeance site about a “Call for Class Action Lawsuit”. If you’re interested please comment on that forum. To find it you may need to search under PTSD as that is one of the key words. We’re keeping members updated there as it progresses. Thanks!

  11. EFAMIA permalink

    The great result for this member is likely the result of bringing a serious wrong doing by RCMP Senior management to light by holding the hearing in plain view for all to see. The RCMP tried to hide this from the public by trying to use secrecy as the tool. They didn’t want the public to see they had so egregiously tried to screw this member over. ”From beginning to end, the lawyers prosecuting Gaudreau failed to show any evidence he concealed anything, let alone directed others to do so”. ”it was hard for an RCMP disciplinary board to find him guilty of any conspiracy because, as chair Insp. James Knopp said, the internal-affairs case was “absent of evidence.”

    YET THEY STILL BROUGHT THE CASE FORWARD even though there was no evidence which was disgraceful and shameful cause this illustrates the corruption rampant at the senior executive level. They will go to any lengths to screw people and destroy them. I think it’s a good lesson for all.

    RCMP covert-ops expert cleared of all internal charges

    OTTAWA — The RCMP’s top covert-ops man has been cleared of wrongdoing linked to a $3-million lease on a business front for a secret national security operation in Ottawa’s east end.

    Supt. Mike Gaudreau was accused of concealing the fact that the real-estate agent who collected the commission was his girlfriend at the time.

    But it was hard for an RCMP disciplinary board to find him guilty of any conspiracy because, as chair Insp. James Knopp said, the internal-affairs case was “absent of evidence.”

    The disciplinary panel ruled Friday that Gaudreau, 52, not only disclosed the relationship early on, but that he was under no duty to do so. The tribunal found Gaudreau didn’t conceal anything and after an initial introduction of his girlfriend, kept at arm’s length from the lease dealings.

    RCMP Chair Knopp said that while there was an underlying inference in the allegations that Gaudreau had an ulterior motive, “evidence was to the contrary.”

    The defence evidence, led by lawyer Louise Morel, showed through several witnesses that not only did everyone know about the relationship, but the girlfriend had actually been assessed by RCMP background checkers.

    Insp. Knopp said in the board’s ruling that evidence showed it’s an accepted practice and commonplace for Mounties to use family members and friends in undercover operations because they are trustworthy.

    “You can’t trust someone you don’t know,” Knopp said in the ruling Friday.

    From beginning to end, the lawyers prosecuting Gaudreau failed to show any evidence he concealed anything, let alone directed others to do so.

    Moments after Gaudreau was cleared on the disgraceful conduct charge, he smiled wide for the first time in awhile. He thanked his legal team, led by Morel and co-counsel Ryan Kennedy, then got on his cellphone for a series of calls.

    “It was a fair outcome to a long hearing. The system worked,” said Morel, a seasoned lawyer and retired RCMP chief superintendent.

    The disciplinary board heard that Gaudreau also did not benefit from the lease deal and that his former girlfriend acted neutrally and professionally all along.

    Gaudreau, who says his reputation was destroyed by the allegation against him, is now suing the RCMP and former deputy commissioner Doug Lang personally.

    In the $1.2-million statement of claim, Gaudreau says top Mounties deliberately abused their office and authority by investigating false claims that he concealed his relationship with the real estate agent.

    Gaudreau says in the claim that he disclosed the relationship and acted at arm’s length because of it.

    It is the second time the former undercover officer has been cleared in the case. The Mounties called in the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate Gaudreau. A two-year probe yielded no charges.

    The RCMP originally wanted to hold the disciplinary hearing in secret, but withdrew their motion after a Citizen story about the special request.

    They at first cited national security for the secrecy but then decided to hold the hearing in public, after all parties agreed to not disclose details about Project RAVE, a national-security operation the Mounties want to keep secret.

    Gaudreau’s 30 years in the Mounties fit the force’s recruiting slogan: “A Career Nowhere Near Ordinary.” He became the force’s expert on covert operations after years in drug and organized-crime units, including three years spent undercover full-time, and living at a covert house in Montreal that also served as the undercover unit’s office. He went on to become the officer in charge of the RCMP’s Ottawa drug section, then assistant crime-ops officer in charge of the national organized crime and border-security unit.

    Gaudreau’s last post before being removed from office was director of the Technical Investigation Services Branch, a plain name for the force’s covert-operations unit, which includes the special entry section and the surveillance and covert technology section. These are the secretive RCMP units that don’t normally make it into media reports even though the national police force’s research-and-development unit considers them a top priority for funding.

    © Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

  12. Mel Young permalink

    I am truly grateful to all of you for your kind words of support. You have reminded me that a sense of community will prevail over callous indifference..

    • Catman permalink

      Hey Mel, anytime brother. I speak for myself when I say that I’ve experienced the corruption, abuse, dishonesty, etc that you’ve noted. You certainly have my FULL support. There is no doubt in my mind as to the lengths the RCMP and our government will go in this dirty fight they’ve created. We have to stick together. Take care.

  13. Cpl. Stewart Robertson, LMD Members Support Group Chair permalink

    S/Sgt. Mel,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, though they may be painful to bring up for someone who truly cares about his RCMP. We see the unethical and corrupt behaviours repeat themselves throughout the many cases our members have been subjected to and the taxpaying public is kept blind to.

    Our group exists to provide support and an avenue to dialogue for members who find themselves needing a helping hand, to share and assist fellow members and help build resilience to unethical and abusive behaviours. I would like to extend an invitation to you to contact me if you wish, to give you an ear, if you need someone to speak to.

    Take Care,

    Cpl. Stewart Robertson
    Lower Mainland Member’s Support Group
    (604) 376-4575

    • Mel Young permalink

      Stewart, thank you for the invitation-very thoughtful.

  14. Dear Mel Young, I empathize with your plight and fully support you in your endeavour to right wrongs and soldier on. All good-hearted and law-abiding Canadians share your sobering concerns, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please contact me.

  15. Interesting how this issue is still being questioned today in 2014 and how the victims of these work related disabilities are still not being taken seriously and the RCMP think themselves righteous by posting something on their site on Bullying, go figure.

    Want to read a story about trying to kill a person, victimizing him for 33 years and getting away with it go to,

  16. Reblogged this on Shediac1981 and commented:
    Time for change, not sympathy in the RCMP


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