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March 24, 2009 12:50 ET

Minister Van Loan Announces Further Action to Help Modernize the RCMP

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced a one-year extension to the term of the RCMP Reform Implementation Council, as part of the Government's ongoing efforts to reform and strengthen the RCMP.

"The Government of Canada is working to ensure that Canadians continue to have confidence in their national police force," said Minister Van Loan. "The work of the RCMP Reform Implementation Council is an integral part of those efforts and I have been very pleased with their work to date. For this reason, I am pleased to announce that the Council's term has been extended for an additional year."

The Council's term now expires on March 18, 2010, which provides the Council with the time necessary to follow-through on its already extensive work with the RCMP. The support and advice of the Council will continue to play a vital role in implementing the reforms necessary to ensure that Canada's national police force is a more modern and accountable organization. The Council is expected to provide two additional reports in September 2009 and March 2010.

The RCMP Reform Implementation Council was established to provide external advice to the Minister of Public Safety and the Commissioner of the RCMP and submit progress reports to the Minister.

The 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 have been re-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.

See also:

- Minister Day announces new council to assist in implementing RCMP reform (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2008/nr20080320-eng.aspx)

- Members of the RCMP Reform Implementation Council (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2008/nr20080320-2-eng.aspx)

- Minister Van Loan receives Interim Report from the RCMP Reform Implementation Council (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2008/nr20081125-eng.aspx)

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