The Harper government seems to have politically captured the RCMP.
One of the most astonishing abuses of democracy perpetrated by the Harper conservatives has been the "capture" of Canada's public service and armed forces and their transformation into partisan political agencies of the PMO.
Harper quickly moved to isolate the government from the people by installing a gaggle of political commissars operating inside the Prime Minister's Office to regulate communications to and from the public.
Harper's commissars determine what communications are allowed to pass to the people who are supposed to serve the Canadian public. They decide what questions may be asked. They also filter responses to these questions to ensure they conform to and support Conservative policy. In this way they transform the sequestered departments into their very own partisan political agencies. In this way they blind the Canadian public and the outside world to realities they find politically inconvenient.
Now they're moving to sequester the RCMP. Commissioner Bob Paulson has dutifully spread the word that senior Mounties must obtain clearance from his office before speaking even to MPs and Senators.
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Here's the chilling bit of Paulson's directive.
In an email dated March 22 from Paulson to more than 50 chief superintendents, assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners, the commissioner said that meetings or lunches with parliamentarians "can have unintended and/or negative consequences for the organization and the government. Therefore, should you or your staff receive such requests, I am directing that you advise my office and the chief strategic policy and planning officer."
Did you get that? Plain as day. Mounties must not do anything that might have negative consequences for "the government." Not the country, not the Canadian people, no - the government. The Harper government. Must be on guard not to do or say anything, no matter how true or important to the country, that might have negative consequences for "the government."
There it is. Now it's the Royal Conservative Mounted Police, the national political police agency of the Conservative party. But then again, it's been that way since Zaccardelli helped deliver Harper to power by meddling in a national election. And when Zac had to go, they put in a Conservative backroom boy, Bill Elliott to be the first wholly-political Commissioner of the RCMP. Elliott's finally gone but Paulson, it seems, is carrying on his work.