RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucchi’s reversal in disclosing information about the types of firearms used in Nova Scotia’s mass shootings suggests she was under political pressure, the Conservative Party said. Says.
“When the RCMP Commissioner said that disclosing certain information to the government would jeopardize active investigations, it should be the end of the conversation,” MP Raquel Dancho and Pierre Paul-Hus said on July 12. wrote statement..
“Obviously, it wasn’t the end of it, and somewhere in the five days, the commissioner was exhausted. I can’t believe the committee members suddenly changed their minds unaffected.”
Parliamentarians responded to the latest revelations from the Mass Casualty Commission (MCC) investigating the April 2020 tragedy that killed 22 people.
MCC has released an email from Lucky dated April 23, 2020. This indicates that she was addressed to the then Chief of Staff and Deputy Minister of Public Security of Israel.
Lucky provided in an email a model of the firearm used by the murderer, but warned against sending information to anyone other than the Prime Minister and Minister Blair.
She said the information was “directly related to this aggressive investigation.”
Five days later, Lucky allegedly scolded Nova Scotia’s RCMP staff during a conference call for failing to follow her instructions to make information about firearms publicly available.
The MCC had previously released internal documents from two RCMP employees, suggesting that Lucky was under pressure from the Liberal Party government to release the information.
A handwritten note by Darren Campbell, who attended the video conference, said, “The Commissioner has long despised her for being’sad, disappointed’, and for not providing these details to the media. I said. “
Campbell wrote that Lucky “promised” to release information to Blair and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which was related to “gun control pending legislation.”
Lia Scanlan, then Strategic Communications Director at Nova Scotia RCMP, provided a re-announcement of a similar event in an email to Lucki sent a year after the tragedy.
“Finally, he informed us of the pressure and conversation with Minister Blair. I clearly understood that this was related to the next passage of gun control … and there. “I did,” Scanrun wrote.
At that time, liberals were trying to ban 1,500 models of what they called “assault-style” firearms.
Dancho and Paul-Hus say the government needs to clarify why Lucki changed her mind about disclosing information during active investigations.
“This cover-up can’t continue anymore,” a Tory statement said.
The government has defended the treatment of this issue.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on June 23 that his government “did not exert undue influence or pressure” on the RCMP.
“Our government did not put pressure on or interfere with RCMP operational decisions,” Blair said on June 22.
Meanwhile, the MCC issued a subpoena to the RCMP last week regarding concerns that the document could be withheld.
The government had previously withheld page 4 of Supt. Campbell’s note on a conference call with Lucky to determine if they were “privileged”.
Change of stance
This is not the first time Lucky has changed her public position on a controversial issue.
On June 10, 2020, a few days after George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, Lucky was asked if her organization was “systematically racist.”
“I can’t say for sure. We have introduced policies and procedures to ensure that there is no systematic racism. For many members, I think they are doing a great job every day. “Lucki Said Global news at the time acknowledged that there may be cases of racism to deal with.
Two days later, Lucki statement To say “decisively” that “systematic racism exists in RCMP.”
The Canadian Press contributed to this report.