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March 20, 2008 08:45 ET

Minister Day Announces New Council to Assist in Implementing RCMP Reform

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the creation of the RCMP Reform Implementation Council, in response to a key recommendation from the Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring that the RCMP is a strong, accountable organization, and I am pleased to announce the creation of this Implementation Council," said Minister Day. "This Council will help to ensure that the RCMP implements the reforms necessary to modernize the organization and its operations, and ensure it will be well placed to meet the challenges of the future."

The RCMP Reform Implementation Council consists of five members whose expertise and backgrounds reflect a range of valued areas, including: policing issues, public and private sector management, governance and change management. The members, who are appointed for a one-year term, are:

- Mr. David McAusland, as Chair;

- Mr. Jean-Claude Bouchard;

- Ms. Beverley A. Busson;

- Ms. Jocelyne Cote-O'Hara; and,

- Mr. Kevin McAlpine.

The Council will provide advice to the Minister of Public Safety on the reforms being made. In addition, the Council will provide advice to the Commissioner respecting the RCMP's implementation plan, and report regularly to the Minister on this progress being made.

The Council will submit its first progress report to the Minister of Public Safety by September 30, 2008, and a follow-up report by March 15, 2009.

The RCMP has already established a dedicated team to lead the implementation of the Task Force recommendations that are internal to the organization. The RCMP is moving on a number of fronts, including:

- Finalizing a national back-up policy, to guide officers when they go out on certain emergency calls;

- Enhancing leadership development programs, in particular those for management and supervisors;

- Strengthening communications with staff and staff relations representatives; and

- Improving the management of the discipline system.

Backgrounders are available on the Terms of Reference and membership of the Implementation Council.

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Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications