Remember during the last election, when the RCMP took the unprecedented step of sending a fax to an NDP MP to let her know it was investigating if someone in the Liberal government leaked news of the income trust decision, and then called her a few days later just to make sure she'd heard?
The NDP's Judy Wasylycia-Leis of course immediately called a press conference, called for Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale to resign, all hell broke loose and the Conservatives passed the Liberals in the polls on their way to a Harper minority government, with the NDP now propping them up. And in the year since, what have we heard about this RCMP investigation? Crickets.
Until yesterday, when we get this very interesting news via Radwanski:
OTTAWA, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chair of the Commission for Public
Complaints Against the RCMP, Paul E. Kennedy, has today initiated a complaint into the public disclosure by the RCMP of its criminal investigation of the possible breach of security regarding the taxation of Canadian Corporate Dividends and Income Trusts.
Well isn't that an interesting development? Like Adam I don't buy the theory in some circles that it was this unprecedented action by the RCMP that cost the Liberals the election, far from it. Certainly didn't help though, and it ruled out any leadership run by Ralph.
But the lengths the RCMP went to in order to make sure this news got out, and in the middle of an election campaign, were ridiculous. Not only did they fax the news to the opposition MP, but after seeing she hadn't been on TV talking about it yet, as the fax was sitting in a locked office on the hill while she campaigned, they called her constituency office to let her know.
Is that standard procedure for our independent police force? Perhaps that's one of the things this investigation into their conduct here will reveal. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers