A national class-action lawsuit against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, alleging failure to provide a workplace free from bullying, intimidation, and harassment, has been certified by the Federal Court of Canada.
The class action seeks more than $1.1 billion in damages on behalf of all current and former RCMP members and civilians, special constables and reservists who worked for the national force between Jan. 1, 1995, and the date a collective agreement becomes or became applicable to a bargaining unit to which they belong.
Veteran Mounties Geoffrey Greenwood and Todd Gray, of Alberta, the representative plaintiffs, allege a culture of systemic bullying, intimidation and harassment permeated the organization from its highest levels and affected everyone who worked for the national force.
I honestly don’t know what’s going on here. The RCMP are pretty much the Globo Homo Enforcers, with the tone set from the top. The CBC piece on this lawsuit appears entirely apolitical, with no real mention of “being mean to gays,” or anything like that. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a political motive here, I just can’t find any from the description.
Anyone who has an ongoing lawsuit with respect to bullying, intimidation or harassment in the RCMP, and wishes to participate in the class action, must discontinue their lawsuit before 5 p.m., ET, on Nov. 23.
The Attorney General of Canada had appealed the class action to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing an RCMP member’s claims of harassment and bullying can be addressed by filing a grievance or harassment complaint or through an internal RCMP code of conduct investigation.
But in their statement of claim, Greenwood and Gray contend internal channels to handle such complaints are ineffective because they depend upon the chain of command, which they allege is often made up of people who were either responsible for the offending behaviour or acted to protect others.
Anyone who wants context on the RCMP should read our two part series on them. In short, they are the real military in Canada, with the official military being a joke force. Claims that there is a culture of extreme harassment and bullying does not surprise me. Couple that with them being a thoroughly politicized police force and it’s not a pretty picture.
Then again, this could all be much ado about nothing, and we’ll soon see pieces about the ToxIc MaSCuLinITy of the RCMP, and how they’re too mean to trannies. That the CBC didn’t lead with that leads me to believe that’s not the case, but you never know with these kinds of things.