Daniel Proussalidis (Toronto Sun) – RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has a steep hill to climb as he tries to develop new rules to govern Mountie-to-Mountie romances amid repeated allegations of sexual harassment within the force.
Former B.C. RCMP member Krista Carle questioned how Paulson will police workplace romances.
“I think he’s trying to move forward, but I think there (are) just so many issues before him,” said Carle. “I think he’s a hardliner, definitely.”
Carle took a medical discharge from the RCMP in 2010, saying she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from repeated verbal abuse and sexual harassment by other officers.
She said the RCMP should “look toward the military and see what kind of policies they have” when drafting the new rules.
Carleton University criminology professor Darryl Davies has already questioned whether Paulson could create new rules “in a credible way” given the commissioner’s personal life.
As QMI Agency reported last week, Paulson’s first marriage came through a workplace romance, while his divorce and re-marriage were sparked by an adulterous affair with a senior bureaucrat in Ottawa.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair refused to comment on Paulson directly. Instead, he offered labour unions as the antidote to the RCMP’s problems.
“That force, with is proud history, has suffered a great deal over the recent decades for the lack of a proper employee-employer relationship governed by a collective agreement and a duly elected and chosen union,” said Mulcair.
Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber, however, backed Paulson’s effort to create new rules for Mounties and deal effectively with rampant sexual harassment.
“I think he assumed as part of his mandate that he was going to go in there and remedy some of these issues,” he said. “I think he’s working hard to get the job done.”