Musings on Canadian Politics: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson needs to re-examine approach to sexual harassment allegations

RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, testifying before a Senate committee investigating sexual harassment and bullying in the RCMP, has dismissed allegations of harassment and bullying. “I can’t be continually defending against outlandish claims that have not been tested or established, but yet are being put forward as though they are gospel and representative of the modern ...

Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Earlier this week, I blogged that hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada had launched a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment within the ranks of the RCMP. Yesterday, Valerie MacLean, a well-known British Columbian and former head of the Better Business Bureau, joined the lawsuit, according to the CBC News. MacLaren’s story echoes that of Corporal Catherine Galliford, who filed a claim of being ...

Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”

That was part of Ottawa Senator Colin Kenny‘s take on the ongoing harassment and reputational issues bedeviling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In an opinion piece published by the Ottawa Citizen today, the Senator posited that: “When it comes to harassment at the RCMP, sex is only the tip of the iceberg.” Canada’s national ...

Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

In March, Janet Merlo, a 19-year with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), filed a lawsuit against Canada’s national police force. In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with the RCMP. Now hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada have launched ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Gillford Sexual Harassment Claim

In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with our national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Predictably, the responses from the four accused Mounties is denial. But, in this country famous for compassion, how are we supposed to understand ...