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July 16, 2007 15:30 ET

Minister Day Announces New Task Force to Report on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, announced the creation of a new five-member Task Force to provide advice on strengthening the accountability and governance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

"Canada's New Government is committed to an effective and accountable RCMP. We are taking action. The Task Force will provide focused recommendations to make the RCMP a strong, accountable organization with a modern structure," said Minister Day. "The Chair of the Task Force, David Brown, and his colleagues, Linda Black, Richard Drouin, Norman Inkster, and Larry Murray, will help develop solutions to challenges that the RCMP has faced."

A Task Force to examine governance and cultural change in the RCMP was a key recommendation made by Mr. Brown in his capacity as Independent Investigator, appointed to lead an investigation into allegations related to RCMP pension and insurance matters. Mr. Brown's report was made public on June 15, 2007.

The Task Force will provide recommendations that address issues identified in this report in areas including RCMP management structure, accountability and oversight, as well as clarifying workplace disclosure and disciplinary policies.

The Task Force will report back to the Government by the end of 2007.

For the Task Force terms of reference, please see the attached backgrounder.

An additional backgrounder provides biographical notes on each of the Task Force members.


BACKGROUNDER

Terms of Reference

Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP

Whereas A Matter of Trust: Report of the Independent Investigator into Matters Relating to RCMP Pension and Insurance Plans, dated June 15, 2007, made certain recommendations related to the RCMP's handling of reports of mismanagement or irregularities in the administration of the RCMP's pension and insurance plans;

And whereas the Independent Investigator recommended the establishment of a Task Force to examine governance and cultural change issues as they relate to the RCMP;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 127.1(1)(C) of the Public Service Employment Act, hereby appoints to the position of special adviser to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and to the President of the Treasury Board, David A. Brown, Q.C., of Kettleby, Ontario, as Chair of the Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP, to hold office during pleasure for a term ending on December 31, 2007; and

(a) specifies the following as the mandate of the Task Force:

(i) to review and consider the challenges faced by the RCMP as set out in the Report of the Independent Investigator into Matters Relating to RCMP Pension and Insurance Plans; and make recommendations on the following issues:

(A) the internal management structure of the RCMP including committees and branches, and ways to better ensure they are properly mandated according to modern governance principles of accountability and transparency;

(B) means by which a challenge and oversight function could be introduced into the internal management of the RCMP, including how such functions could be effectively integrated into the structure and culture of a modern police organization;

(C) means to ensure that senior management is held appropriately accountable;

(D) identifying a process to better ensure that the Commissioner and senior management establish and maintain an appropriate ethical structure based on the RCMP's Mission, Vision and Values;

(E) ensuring that the RCMP's workplace disclosure policy is appropriate, that mechanisms are in place to ensure protection from reprisal, and that appropriate, clear and decisive corrective measures are taken;

(F) ensuring compatibility between an effective workplace disclosure policy and the process for reporting possible breaches of the Code of Conduct;

(G) ways to improve the accountability, timeliness and effectiveness of the RCMP disciplinary scheme in the RCMP Act and Regulations, including possible changes to the Code of Conduct and the one-year limitation period; and

(H) considering ways of fostering a constructive partnership between civilian and public service employees and regular members at the executive level of the Force;

(ii) to adopt any procedures for the expedient and proper conduct of the Task Force, including reviewing all relevant records, and consulting senior officials from the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Treasury Board Secretariat, the RCMP, and others as appropriate;

(iii) to submit a report in both official languages to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and to the President of the Treasury Board which will provide the recommendations of the Task Force, including any recommendations to amend the RCMP Act and RCMP Regulations; and

(b) fixes his remuneration as set out in the annexed schedule, which per diem is within the range $1,200 - $1,400.

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BACKGROUNDER

RCMP Task Force Membership

DAVID BROWN, Q.C.

David Brown, Q.C. is currently Counsel with the firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where he returned after serving seven years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Prior to joining the OSC, he spent 29 years as a senior corporate law partner with a predecessor firm to Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, focussing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and reorganization.

Mr. Brown has played a significant role with several national and international regulatory bodies. Most recently, Mr. Brown was appointed Independent Investigator to review the RCMP's handling of reports of mismanagement or irregularities in the administration of the RCMP's pension and insurance plans.

Mr. Brown received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University in 1963 and his LL.B from the University of Toronto in 1966. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984 and was awarded an honourary doctorate of laws from McMaster University in 2005.

LINDA BLACK

Linda Black currently serves as a member of the Law Enforcement Review Board of Alberta, an independent quasi-judicial body responsible for hearing appeals from citizens with police-related complaints. Ms. Black was also General Counsel with the University of Calgary and has held several senior positions with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is active on a number of boards, including the Board of Governors of Mount Royal College and the Alberta Board of Certified Management Accountants.

Ms. Black undertook undergraduate studies in economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and received a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Laws in legislative drafting from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.

RICHARD DROUIN, Q.C

Richard Drouin is Counsel in the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault, LLP. He is the Chairman of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and, until recently, was the Chairman of the Board of Abitibi-Consolidated Inc and Stelco Inc. He is also the former Chairman and CEO of Hydro-Quebec. Prior to joining Hydro-Quebec, Mr. Drouin was in private law practice, in Quebec City and Montreal, specialising in commercial, corporate law and industrial relations.

He has held several significant positions with international bodies involved in electricity and other utilities. He is also a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and a Governor of the Council of Canadian Academies.

Mr. Drouin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Universite de Montreal and a law degree from l'Universite Laval in Quebec City. Mr. Drouin is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an officer of l'Ordre national du Quebec.

NORMAN INKSTER, O.C.

Norman Inkster is a Managing Director in the Toronto office of Navigant Consulting's Disputes and Investigations practice. He is a recognized expert in national and international law enforcement and forensic investigations, and has directly led or managed hundreds of investigations worldwide.

Mr. Inkster had a distinguished 36-year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, rising through the ranks to become Commissioner Mr. Inkster also served as President of INTERPOL.

Mr. Inkster has directed efficiency and security reviews of major law enforcement agencies, corporations and international organizations. He acted as a Special Advisor to the Auditor General of Canada, and following the events of September 11, 2001, he was appointed as a Special Advisor on matters of security to the Government of Ontario.

Mr. Inkster holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick, where he studied sociology and psychology. In 1995, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

LARRY MURRAY

Larry Murray has held a number of senior positions within the Public Service, including Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Murray currently serves as Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Mr. Murray has also served in progressively senior positions within the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Forces, including Commander of the 1st Canadian Destroyer Squadron (Halifax), Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, then Commander, Maritime Command, and Vice-Chief and subsequently Acting Chief of Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters.

Mr. Murray received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Carleton University.

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