(Prince Albert Daily Herald) – It’s a fair statement to say that the RCMP is in a state of crisis. It lacks direction, lacks long-term plans for recruit retention and, moreover, lacks a visible leader with the power, passion and energy required to take a cherished organization into the future.
We, however, would like to expand on an idea raised by a media peer.
On Saturday, Ottawa Citizen columnist Margaret Kopala raised a perfect candidate: soon-to-retire leader of the Canadian armed forces, Gen. Rick Hillier.
“The celebrated and soon to be former chief of defense staff is a natural for the job of RCMP Commissioner. Not only would the forces readily accept a ‘civilian’ of his stature in an RCMP uniform, but he is just the man to speak up for the officers, to motivate and to guide them,” Kopala wrote.
We heartily agree. One of the key strengths Hillier brought to a very challenging position at the helm of this nation’s military was a refreshing openness, and a blunt but effective transparency.
Hillier challenged not one, but two different governments, impressing upon both the overly militaristic Conservatives and somewhat over-cautious Liberals the need to constantly redefine the mission in Afghanistan. He has been a vocal advocate for the need to improve the overall depth and strength of Canada’s military, a tireless supporter for his front-line troops and a keen instructor to the Canadian people on matters previously left behind closed doors.
It takes little energy to think that a similar approach would do wonders for the RCMP.
We tip our hat to Kopala for the idea, and heartily endorse the idea for its merit.