(Editorial, Vancouver Province) – What’s a guy gotta do to get fired from the RCMP? It’s a question many taxpayers are asking as case after case of gross misconduct by members of that once-honourable institution make their way into the news.
Apparently, showing your penis to a co-worker while hosting a drinking party in your office and repeatedly having sex with subordinates in the workplace and in police vehicles while on duty — as then-Staff-Sgt. Donald Ray did — aren’t grounds for dismissal.
Chief Superintendent Marlin Degrand, a senior officer in Alberta where Ray committed what the Mounties are calling his “inappropriate behaviour,” says the force takes the matters “very seriously.” If he does any of it again, we’re told, “it will be dealt with harshly.” Right.
Does Degrand mean that instead of losing 10 days’ pay, being demoted one rank and transferred to B.C. — thanks for that, by the way — the next time Ray exposes himself to a female co-worker that he’ll get three weeks without pay?
It’s 2012, not 1912. There are few workplaces in Canada where Ray’s conduct wouldn’t have resulted in his near-instant dismissal. If the Mounties really are serious about stopping conduct like Ray’s, too common in their ranks, they need to start firing the offenders.