Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Brenda Lucki as the Mounties’ newest commissioner, a move he said that will address harassment at the national police force and promote gender equality.
Modernize Law Enforcement
During her acceptance speech, Lucki promised that she will do everything she can to modernize law enforcement and help combat the many complaints of bullying, sexism, and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples. “I will not have all the answers, but I definitely plan on asking all the right questions. And maybe some difficult ones. I plan to challenge assumptions, seek explanations and better understand the reasons how we operate. This means that no stone will be left unturned. And if what we find works, then we carry on until we unearth the issues that need addressing.”
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Lucki has participated in United Nations missions in Haiti and Yugoslavia as well as serving as a commanding officer in the RCMP training academy for the past two years. She has over 30 years of experience, recently focusing her attention on improving relations with First Nations in Manitoba, which lead to her induction into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focused on her leadership skills and focus on trying to improve the lives of people who tend to be forgotten or ignored. “She will also play a vital role in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, promoting gender equality and equity, supporting mental wellness across the RCMP, addressing workplace harassment and protecting the civil liberties of all Canadians,” he said.
After the acquittal, last month of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie, and Indigenous youth, relations with the Indigenous Communities in the area have been very strained. Trudeau decided to address this at the confirmation announcement. “I think it is impossible to look at the situation in our justice system and not recognize that our system has not fairly treated Indigenous people over the past decades — over the past centuries, even.”
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.