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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, June 20, 2012 — The Harper Government today tabled the Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act. This Act will give the RCMP the tools it needs to enhance trust and restore accountability in its ranks. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais made the announcement in Ottawa.

"The RCMP is recognized around the world as a symbol of who we are as Canadians, and what we value: professionalism, honesty, integrity and compassion," said Minister Toews. "However, Canadians' confidence in the RCMP has been tested over the past few years and this legislation will ensure that the RCMP is fully accountable for its actions and is open and transparent in its service to Canadians."

The Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act will: 

"The vast majority of RCMP employees perform an exemplary service to Canadians and deserve our support and respect," said RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, who joined Minister Toews for the announcement. "The RCMP strongly supports increased accountability and police management efficiencies so that those few members who fall short of the expectations of the RCMP can be dealt with in an expedient and appropriate manner."

"The RCMP must be able to focus on what they are trained and sworn to do – protect Canadians," said Senator Dagenais. "Through our action, we are ensuring that the RCMP remains accountable to the public it serves, and a trusted and responsive organization for generations to come."

The legislation introduced today builds on the accountability mechanisms included in the new 2012–2032 Police Services Agreements recently signed by Contract Provinces and Territories. These Agreements both strengthen the RCMP's relationship with its contract partners and contribute to the broader modernization efforts of the RCMP.


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