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RCMP Commissioner: Thou “dost protest too much”

May 03

I recently read with great interest, a couple of articles based upon interviews with Mr. Paulson around the Nigel Wright matter. The first (Ottawa Citizen, 14/04/22) had the very Diogenes-like title “In pursuit of the truth”. (You may recall Diogenes was the Greek mendicant who travelled the known world looking for one honest person). The second (Globe and Mail, 14/05/03) was entitled, “RCMP Commissioner opens up about Nigel Wright case”. The gist of these articles finds Mr. Paulson taking offense with the author of the first piece for “…implying that this nation’s police force has been corrupted…”, without the benefit of any evidence; and in the second, reassuring the Canadian public “…that the RCMP did not close the investigation to favour the interests of the Conservative government”.

Do you find it strange, as I do, that the Commissioner of the RCMP would think it necessary to mount a defense of his organization’s integrity? Is that integrity in such tatters that it requires defending? Do you remember the best clue used to determine who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Is the public (likely only a significant minority) not free to question the integrity of its national police service? According to Mr. Paulson, we can question “all of the mechanics” of the investigation; “But not our integrity”. Really?? Have we not been provided with enough examples of the RCMP acting like Mr. Harper’s personal police force; such that any rational person might wonder just how much independence they do have?

Here are but a few examples of RCMP questionable behaviour that give pause. Do you recall during the 2011 election, when RCMP members assisted in the ejection of non-Harper supporters from a Conservative rally in London Ontario? The RCMP later admitted that throwing students out “was not in accordance” with its mandate. How about the small plane flying over the Ottawa-Gatineau area towing a sign that stated “Harper Hates Us”? The sign was produced by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, in response to 20,000 of its members being gutted from public service by the Harper government. The RCMP ordered the plane returned to the ground, where the pilot was told his sign could be construed as hate speech. Moreover, he was told that he flew too close to Parliament and that the RCMP were responsible for the prime minister’s safety. Transport Canada later confirmed that the pilot had never entered restricted air space. It seems that in the end the “local” RCMP had pulled a Piper-Super Cub out of the sky for nothing more than towing an anti-Harper sign. And what about Mr. Paulson himself? He contributed significantly to questions of RCMP independence when he sent his infamous email to his senior executive. He instructed them not to meet with MPs without prior approval from him, and the minister of public safety. The minister’s response to queries about the policy was that he needed to know “what the RCMP were saying and doing”. The minister then went even further and instructed the opposition parties that if they wished to speak to the RCMP they were to arrange it through him. In his very defensive piece in the Ottawa Citizen Mr. Paulson challenged Mr. Maher (the reporter) for a phrase he used, by asking: “The Royal Conservative Mounted Police? Come on!” To Mr. Paulson I say, Come On Yourself! Any rational person would begin to wonder. And why are you so defensive? Could your behaviour, in this instance and many others we have seen, smack of common but tell-tale defense mechanisms?

To the readers of this blog I say, here is your opportunity to play amateur psychiatrist. I’ll explain some common defense mechanisms and you see if you recognize any of them in Mr. Paulson’s recent attempts to bolster the integrity of his organization.

First of all I should explain, that according to Dr. Freud (i.e. his daughter Anna, not the great man himself) defense mechanisms are a part of everyday life. They are not just the sentries of the unconscious tasked with keeping our ugly instincts at bay. They are also used, so say the Freudians, to protect us from the anxiety of being confronted with our own weaknesses, shortcomings, and human foibles. Some of them may apply to Mr. Paulson’s performance and some may not – give them a look and see what you think.

1. Denial – This one is the big-daddy of them all! It underlies many of the others to follow. When we use denial, we simply refuse to accept reality. We can apply this mechanism to any habit, situation, or behaviour we wish to distance ourselves from. It is easier to just deny than to experience the pain of acceptance. An example on a grand scale might involve the head of an organization that is actually a government portfolio, and the Prime Minister has the final say in his appointment, denying that he is a “political appointee”.

2. Repression – This one is nothing more than forgetting something unpleasant or embarrassing to you. We may be tempted to forget a past experience where we behaved in a way that is inconsistent with the image (of self or organization) we prefer to portray. For example, if I like to see my organization as independent from government because that contributes to its integrity, I might conveniently forget all those times when it favoured the interests of the ruling party.

3. Regression – That’s right, only one letter has changed from the previous defense mechanism. In this one, we revert back to a childlike emotional state where our unconscious fears come to the surface. This is more likely to occur when we are under stress. Road rage is a great example of a childlike emotional state that emerges when we have our objectives frustrated. Do you recall when Mr. Paulson “went off” on Staff Sgt. Chad; or the occasion when he publically attacked loyal members Peter Merrifield, Roland Beaulieu; and Caroline O’Farrell?

4. Displacement – With this defense mechanism we shift our (for example) anger away from one person (too dangerous a target) to another (much safer target). An oft cited example involves conflicting with your boss, going home, and taking it out on your spouse. So let’s say, hypothetically of course, that an organization I worked with circulated “an internal message to discredit” me (the “Webster Initiative”) and failed miserably; then went after my patients instead. Displacement?

5. Projection – As you ponder this one, keep in mind that recognizing distasteful or disliked behaviour or character traits in ourselves could cause us considerable discomfort. It is much less painful to project what you don’t like about yourself onto someone else and complain about it in them. So let’s say you dislike someone because of what you see as a flaw in that person’s character, if you react strongly to it you might be reacting to what you dislike in yourself. Do you recall this unnecessary comment from Mr. Paulson to a Senate Hearing in 2013?

“Let’s face it. Some people’s ambitions exceed their abilities. I cannot lead a Force that accommodates and seeks to compensate people for [their] unachieved ambitions”.

– Bob Paulson, Senate Committee Hearing 2013

What do you think? Projection?

6. Reaction formation – This is a great one! Remember the elementary school classmate you had a huge crush on who wanted nothing to do with you? And your response was to turn around and profess your hatred for that person. Do you recall the great line from Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much methinks”? Or what about all those TV evangelists who railed against homosexuality only to be outed by gay-lovers? Are you getting the picture? You would have looked foolish to continue your crush on your classmate in the face of rejection, so you did an about face (to save face) and reciprocated the disinterest. Could Mr. Paulson’s cold, distant, impersonal relationship (don’t forget Bill C-42) with the membership be because the membership hasn’t embraced him as he expected?

7. Intellectualization – A very effective way to neutralize strong emotion (e.g. anger, shame, embarrassment) is to think it away. For example, rather than dealing with your incompetence (or corruption) and the resulting emotion you could mount an unintelligible intellectual defense that goes something like this:

“Maybe we’ll be judged in history to have been wrong, and it will be because maybe we weren’t smart enough or didn’t do something right. But not because we’re crooked”.
– Bob Paulson (Globe and Mail 2014)

8. Rationalization – This one is kind of like Intellectualization, in that we are trying to explain something away; but in this case, it is a bit of bad behaviour rather than painful emotion. We often rationalize our behaviour after we do something we regret. It’s much easier to rationalize (minimize, ignore, justify) our behaviour than it is to experience the embarrassment related to what we did. For example, suppose the media and/or the public question the independence of the RCMP – i.e. the nature of its relationship with the government. Rather than admitting to a foul smelling and incestuous relationship with politicians (that has plagued the Force for decades) you could rationalize the “sometimes hard to explain” relationship as partly public stupidity and partly your incompetence like this:

“It seems to defy common understanding [the stupidity of the public?] as to the relationship that a national police force might have with its government while being able to independently and reliably execute on its operational mandate. I think its my fault [lack of ability?], maybe, that I haven’t done a good job at keeping those lines separate.”

– Bob Paulson (Globe and Mail 2014)

Oh I see, its not that the RCMP is in bed with the federal government, its that we, the public, are too stupid to understand the complexity of the relationship and the Commissioner lacks the ability to articulate it!

9. Sublimation – This one is very Freudian, and it tends to be played out over a long period of time. Sublimation takes place when we transform our internal conflicts (“issues” as they are described in today’s speech) into more productive outlets. Some oversimplified examples might include the oppositional, argumentative, “pain in the ass” individual who becomes a lawyer, or the bossy little hall monitor “control freak” who finds his way to the top of an organization – or a nation!
So there you have it. If you think you have the hang of it, why not try out your amateur psychiatric skills? Can you add any examples from your own experiences in the Force? Or at the very least, answer this for me: if as he says, Mr. Paulson’s success is sometimes measured by how quiet he is, why would he weigh in on this one? Why would he get noisy now? Surely his advisors (the PMO?) would have reminded him of the noisiest kid and the missing cookies.

Dr. Mike Webster, Registered Psychologist

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15 Comments
  1. Keep Working!
    Maybe someday people will get it.

  2. EFAMIA permalink

    Is this an example of repression ? Remember the incident in Edmonton in which he was forced to apologize for his unprofessional behaviour by whistling and twirling his finger when speaking of members with mental illness.
    ****************************************************************************************************************************

    Commissioner’s Broadcast
    Launch of RCMP Mental Health Strategy

    In a previous message from last December*, I told you that the RCMP would be putting a focus on the important issue of mental health by developing a national mental health strategy. I am pleased to tell you that much progress has been made since then and I’d like to provide you with an update on recent developments.

    A mental health advisory group was convened and has met on a monthly basis. The group has worked with Occupational Health and Safety Branch in developing a mental health in the workplace strategy for the RCMP, which has now been approved by COs and the Senior Management Team. The full strategy can be accessed from the new mental health site: http://infoweb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/hr-rh/health-sante/ment/index-eng.htm

    The strategy is based on the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, which the RCMP adopted last year. The strategy is a starting point and will guide our activities over the next five years, with a focus on five key areas:

    – Promotion
    – Education
    – Prevention
    – Early detection and intervention
    – Continuous improvement.

    I encourage all employees to take the time to read and familiarize themselves with the strategy and for managers to discuss it with their employees. It’s important for employees to know that there is no stigma associated to coming forward and acknowledging that something you’ve experienced on the job, or at home, is affecting your mental health. We must talk openly about mental health. The RCMP has zero tolerance for the out-dated attitude that mental health problems are not real and will counter such attitudes with education and awareness.

    One example of this is a video (http://infoweb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/hr-rh/health-sante/ment/support-soutien/video-eng.htm) that we recently produced with one of our members who bravely came forward to talk about a traumatic incident he was involved in, and the operational stress injury that resulted from that. His is just one of many stories out there. But I hope that in sharing his story, it will encourage others to talk about their own experiences or to reach out for help.
    There will be a lot of work ahead of us to advance the strategy, which is why I have appointed A/Commr Gilles Moreau as the National Champion for mental health (http://infoweb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/hr-rh/health-sante/ment/champ-eng.htm) with support from divisional champions. The national champion will provide leadership on the subject of mental health, liaise with stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the strategy, and promote and maintain engagement at all levels so that workplace mental health remains a valued priority.
    Over the coming months, a detailed action plan will be developed to identify specific initiatives to support the goals of the strategy, which are to eliminate stigma associated with psychological health problems; take proactive steps to help employees maintain and/or improve their psychological health and; continually improve the management and review of psychological health and safety programs and services.

    Promotion and education will be key areas of focus in the initial stages of the strategy. In fact its launch coincides with Canadian Mental Health Week and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, both of which take place the first week of May. Activities are being organized throughout divisions, so please take time to participate and to inform yourselves of the health services that are available to you.

    Look out for one another and stay safe.

    Bob Paulson
    Commissioner

    *http://infoweb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/comm/broad-comm/2013/12-05-mental-health-sante-mentale-eng.htm

  3. EFAMIA permalink

    Even more repression.

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    Message from the Commanding Officer:
    BCs Commitment to the RCMP Mental Health in the Workplace Strategy

    Today the Commissioner announced the launch of the RCMP Mental Health Strategy. It is an important step forward for our members, our employees, and the organization as a whole. The Commissioner referenced the appointment of A/Commr. Gilles Moreau as the National Champion and indicated in his message that Divisional Champions would be named to support this important national initiative. Putting a focus on mental health is of the highest priority for me and I will be the E Division Champion as we move forward. As your Divisional Champion, I will, in the very near term, develop an E Division Mental Health Action Plan to support our

    National Strategy by:
    Identifying specific activities in support of education and prevention
    Building upon existing programs and services especially in areas of early detection and intervention
    Determining areas or gaps that need to be addressed in order to deal with employee perceptions and realities
    Ensuring sustainability of our Mental Health Program

    I know any plan we create will take commitment and time; however, this is of the utmost importance and I plan to make sure any plan we develop is relevant. In the months ahead, I will be seeking input from the various programs, units and individuals who currently provide mental health support to employees. I will also be identifying others throughout the division who will join me in advancing this important initiative.

    I encourage you to visit the mental health page on the Infoweb (http://infoweb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/hr-rh/health-sante/ment/index-eng.htm) which highlights the strategy and promotes the services we currently have available. Also, please watch the video which highlights the courageous story of one former BC member, Cst. Peter Neily, and his journey dealing with an operational stress injury.

    This first week of May is Canadian Mental Health Week and North American Occupational Health and Safety Week, both of which foster awareness of health issues. We will be hosting an information kiosk at EHQ near the cafeteria on Tuesday, May 6th. From 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to showcase many of the programs and services available to our members and employees.

    It has been said by Statistics Canadas Mental Health Working group that working on healthy habits to maintain or improve your mental health is an investment in yourself. I support that investment and I am committed to creating more awareness of the services available to you and working with you to remove any stigmas surrounding Mental Health issues.

    I want to assure you that as your Commanding Officer and your Divisional Champion, it is my intention that no one in our Division feels they need to suffer in silence due to a lack of awareness. Health and wellness is a shared responsibility. We need to keep talking about the causes, risks and symptoms of mental health and shine a light on the long-term effects. We are in this together and we need to focus and support one another.

    Craig J. Callens, Deputy Commissioner
    Commanding Officer, E Davison

  4. Well said as usual, Dr. Webster! Sounds to me like you would be the IDEAL individual to be the next Commissioner. Maybe then the mess that the RCMP are now in can once and for all get cleaned up and we will have a chance of saving what once was our National Police Force. I’m afraid without a true leader and an association/Union we don’t have a chance. The corruption, harassment and wrong doings of management will continue to be hidden and only harm the front line members which in turn harms their spouses and families.

  5. anonymous permalink

    Well, sorry but after watching Moreau’s recent CTV interview minimising PTSD/mental health issues and including/mixing it with work related trauma a s a result of his personal life failures….. I have lost faith. For Paulson to appoint as a National Champion someone who can event make the difference between the RCMP’s legal obligations as an employer under the labour code and one’s personal problems goes to show how much they don’t get it. I will not stay around to see it either, time to go!!

  6. spaventosa permalink

    “I want to assure you that as your Commanding Officer and your Divisional Champion, it is my intention that no one in our Division feels they need to suffer in silence due to a lack of awareness. Health and wellness is a shared responsibility. We need to keep talking about the causes, risks and symptoms of mental health and shine a light on the long-term effects. We are in this together and we need to focus and support one another.”

    This should actually say: “I want to assure you that no one in our Division feels they need to suffer in silence. Please speak freely about your issues, concerns, things that you think need to be looked at. Once you’ve done this, then be prepared to be black listed, targeted, not be considered for a promotion that you are worthy of, receive a poor assessment”.

    “We need to keep talking about the causes, risks and symptoms of mental health and shine a light on the long-term effects. We are in this together and we need to focus and support one another.

    This should actually say: “We need to keep talking so that management can use Bill C-42 to get rid of the so called “bad apples” that speak out or aren’t on board with management.

    Any member that’s currently in or has been in this organization, knows nothing will change and these broadcasts/messages are simply hollow words.

  7. Anonymous permalink

    It happens I was doing some amateur psycho-sleuthing just recently when I read a “Thank you Message” the Commissioner sent out to the membership on April 30, 2014. It reads as follows;
    “At my Change of Command ceremony I gave a speech that tried to define the organization in terms of what we do and how we do it. Prior to the ceremony I had asked a number of Commanding Officers from across the country for instances of some good police work we’d done in the day or two prior.

    I got a great selection of files: from protective Ops to a serial burglary group to the robbery of a cab driver and many others. All successfully resolved because of the incredible effort you put into the job – every day – in the face of considerable challenges. There are a million reasons not to put in the effort that you must put in to succeed these days – yet you continue to step up and perform in ways that amaze me – and in ways that amaze our citizens.

    I remember saying that an operationally successful RCMP was the organization I wanted to lead and darn it you are letting me. We are getting results and with it, respect.

    This morning at my daily meeting I congratulated everyone there on the incredible successes we are having in our operations. It seems that lately we are a non-stop success factory and it has been a long time since I’ve told the people that are actually doing the heavy lifting that they are doing a good job.

    That’s right : You are doing an outstanding job and because of it our organization is thriving.”

    After I took my finger out of my throat I reflected back on my many years as a member on the front lines. On one such occasion I had to apprehend a suicidal, deranged suspect with a loaded shotgun all by myself because I was in a remote area where there was no cell phone and no radio coverage. I was successful in safely affecting the arrest, however is was a scary experience. Especially knowing that I was on my own while no one else knew what was going on. In another incident I was working nightshift when I stopped a vehicle to check a discrepancy between the license plate and the vehicle make. Again, I was alone, on a dark desolate strip of highway. My closest back up was 30 minutes away. As I questioned the driver I noticed he and his passenger were extremely nervous and fidgety. I sensed that something (a weapon) was in the vehicle and I sensed I was in danger. Because I had no grounds to arrest the men I wrote out a warning and sent them on their way. All I had to go on was my own intuition, not fact. The next day a Municipal police officer called me to advise that their members had stopped that same vehicle on the outskirts of their city only three hours after I had stopped it. They were acting on information they had received…information I was unaware of. Apparently they were told that these two suspects were headed into their city that very night to commit an armed robbery. When police stopped the car they arrested the two men. Sure enough they found a loaded firearm on the front seat of the car. Furthermore the driver was a paroled convicted murderer. The police knew I had stopped the car just hours earlier because they found my warning in the dash. The officer was calling me to tell me how lucky I was…and I knew it. I know I would have been shot had I forced the issue that night…I could feel it.

    This is only two examples of many from my own personal experiences. I know most front line officers can site many of their own experiences where their lives were threatened. After all, we’re police officers, this is what we do. However, I want people to know that the risks we deal with, day in and day out are real and often the circumstances are not in our favor as we are always reacting to an action. We work alone unlike many municipal forces where there are two officers per car. The geographical areas we cover in rural areas is vast and back up can be far away. Much of the time we are understaffed, and NOT because members are off sick. There have been long periods (years) when our training academy was closed down and no new recruits were being trained. Why? Poor planning on behalf of whoever in our organization makes these decisions. That CANNOT be blamed on members who are off sick. I recall many years working on shifts with no supervisor because there was no one to fill that position. And if a member did call in sick, even for one day, they were chastised and harassed over it by supervisors. There was name calling and allegations made behind a sick member’s back or rolling of the eyes when supervisors even heard the word ‘sick’. Of course they did this in front of the other members on shift, so that not only did it send a message to them as to how they could expect to be treated if they called in sick, it also gave the other members the right to chastise the sick member. I have experienced this many times. It has happened to me and I have seen them do it to others. So instead of dealing with the real problem, it was ‘deflected’ at the members (scapegoats).

    When we swore to protect and serve we took that oath seriously. I sure did. I loved my job and I loved being able to make a difference in the lives of the public I served. But I can tell you that this is one of the most thankless jobs I know of. I was in a position once where I read every file that was coming in from the shifts. Of all the hundreds of files, only one supervisor ever wrote comments on his members files to praise the good work they did. Obviously this supervisor is a good leader. He knows that police work is hard and he understands that when people go over and above what is normally expected of them, their work should be recognized. My point in saying all this is that in my years of policing, I certainly was not recognized for anything I did and no one ever asked me how I was or said I did a good job after apprehending that suspect with the shotgun all by myself. No one was interested that the radio and cell phones did not work in that area due to lack of reception. It just seems to me that no one cares. No one cares to fix the wrongs and make them right. And had I been killed the RCMP would have deflected my death by focusing on some secondary topic. This was the tactic used when the four officers were killed in Mayerthorpe, Alberta. When media spoke to police about the shootings the police downplayed the actual murders (deflected) by focusing on the ‘grow op’ which was an obvious ploy to put attention elsewhere, anywhere but on the murdered police officers. As a police officer I was angered to see this. Four of my brothers in blue lay dead on the ground as helicopters showed footage of their lifeless bodies. I was upset that our employer was talking about a grow op (which it really wasn’t) while four of our own lay dead. That’s all I heard for days…”grow op, grow op…”

    Back to the Commissioner’s “Thank you”…it’s a bit hyped up. He is stuck on how everything is “amazing”…he is amazed, the citizens are amazed, we are a non-stop success factory…etc…
    He said “It’s been a long time since I’ve told the people who are doing the heavy lifting that they are doing a good job”. I wonder when was the first time he told them what a good job they were doing. After all, I remember something the Commissioner said publicly not long ago when speaking about the members (and I believe it was in response to something one of the ‘off sick-injured’ members had said in a complaint). Mr. Paulson sarcastically replied something to the effect “What are members looking for, a pat on the back?”
    I can clearly see the motive behind this thank you. I would suggest that Mr. Harper probably saw the effect of how things are running (poor morale) and/or the effect Bill C42 is having on the membership, etc, so he probably told Mr. Paulson to acknowledge the members before a coup d’etat occurs. They know we are unhappy. Why did it have to come to this before we were thanked or told we are doing a good job and we are appreciated? Too late and insincere.

    So Dr. Webster, you are right again. I see the psychology the RCMP uses and I don’t like it. It’s crooked and it’s wrong.

    • Several commissioned officers that write such drivel were/are known to be on prescription meds such a “Prozac” which they even leave on their desks from time to time.
      This commissioner really does come across as medicated given his elusive and blatant denial,and posturing, something that honest, intelligent, sober and lucid people do not do.
      One may even wonder “Is this commissioner one of the forces many medicated manic depressives?” His behaviour and commentary actually coincides with many of the side affects of known Psychometric medications – medications taken to relieve the unpleasant anguish of lying to save face.

  8. Buck permalink

    Too many things to mention, but watching and hearing these circle jerking sycophants spout out the brand new, eyes wide open, we are the greatest, I feel empathy for them because they know that they are not the right people to do what needs to be done. So queue the accolades and send out the singers and dancers (cause the clowns are already at the top) to sell the member’s and public that all is well & we will receive our rewards from PM Harper for betraying the members who toil where the work is real (Dark Hearts and Bad Apples who do the right things).

    Champions??? Self proclaimed Champions, no less??? To bestow a word of achieving the pinnacle of success in a field or endeavour or PROVE superiority in leadership, philanthropy, science, social uplift. These are Champions who have earned the title through competition and struggle to prove their worth. Senior officers naming themselves CHAMPIONS, and their friends CHAMPIONS without the slightest bit of it being earned, is the height of hypocrisy and narcissism!!!

    To the member’s ODS and being threatened with dismissal for your years of solid work and sacrifice, trust them not, keep your armour tight, for this is not a new and caring RCMP.

    • Anonymous permalink

      Well said Buck. I wondered the same thing. Since when did “Champion” make it’s way into the ranking system? Oh I know! It’s the one right under the Commissioner, somewhere up his butt.

  9. mixer permalink

    Now Listen all of you stop this way of thinking People won’t like US when we Grow UP. LOL

    Of course the Buffalo is Imitating Mr Harper. Remember all the People Harper got rid of or gaged if they dare speak against hIm. Monkey see Monkey do.

    I remember the incidences that the Doc mention in his post… I always wondered under which LAW, OR LEGISLATURE that these person where force to stop using Free Speach… Which we don’t have.
    Now Bill C-42 and the Dreadful month of June is approaching very fast. Where will Buffalo Bob start with his Cleansing of the weak members…..

  10. Funny you talking to a 30 year member that retired in 2006 and remembers doing controlled deliveries of $250,000 to West Block, the Deputy Prime Minister Office Eric Neilson in 1984 from org. crime boses and construction companies from Quebec, The Commish of that time Inkster ordered all references to file closed and the investigator was sent packing back to C division. This member remembers zooming up the ranks after stopping members of Parliament or Senators for impaired driving or with their girl friends with no charges. This member remembers other members waiting for members of Parliament zooming up to the Gatineau Hills with their of the day girl friends and again no charges but the members zoomed up the ranks.. I could go on and on but I think people are getting the message the RCMP is politically corrupt to the corps. P>S> I did apply to testify at senate committee’s but was never asked to attend.

  11. Dazed and Confused on the planets surface permalink

    I’m sure there’s a lot of insightful comments in the post and the responses, but they’re lost on me.

    I’m stuck at the ‘you can’t question our integrity’ part.

    Does Bob think there’s any integrity left to question?

  12. Buck permalink

    I’d like to know if Commissioner Bob “Breakfast Table” Paulson would like to explain how he would address letter’s to the families of three fallen member’s in the LMD of “E” Division in the last three years by SUICIDE, yes, I said it again. Sure proves the “Mental Health Strategy” is a load of Horseshit! CHAMPIONS??? – NO!! , CRONYS & CHUMPS??? – YES!!

    Cpl. Ken Hind, suicide 2012-03-14

    Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre, suicide 2013-07-29

    Cpl.Neil Ogurian, suicide 2014-05-04

    Mr. Paulson & SEC, Mr. Callens & your cadre of snakes, you all have blood on your hands. Shame.

  13. It’s absolutely disgusting beyond belief. As a spouse of a member I have this fear almost daily of what my spouse might do when they try to screw him over for the 100th time in his career. Buck, we know that there was and probably will be a letter sent to the families of these fallen members, not to offer sincere condolences but more to try to silence the families from going public. They will piece together a heartfelt letter and then try to show how caring and concerned they are for the family by offering help etc., but really they could give a rats ass. They don’t want these horrific events to go public. They will put a spin on it that the member had personal issues, perhaps a drunk, financial problems a broken marriage, never will they accept responsibility for what they’ve done to the member.

    I pray in my heart that these suicides no longer happen, however as I see Bill C-42 fast approaching I am doubtful. I am certain that we will see more suicides and perhaps there will the one that does go postal. It takes one split second of someone thinking that there is nothing left, they’ve given their life to be on the front lines, sleepless nights for the Force, gave up family holidays to work, put in extra hours because they were needed. During their career they may have made a complaint or disagreed with one of their superiors and that’s when the attacking, smearing, bullying tactics start. Once they start there is no stopping it, they will continue until the member has had enough, becomes sick, goes off ODS, retires or commits suicide.

    This is our famous National Police Force. What a repulsive organization. Rotten from the top.

    Mr. Paulson, Mr. Callens and all your bootlicker followers you are all nauseating.

    The truth will come out.

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