I’m on the record as saying cops, at least at the upper level, are being way too political these days. Canada’s police chiefs have opinions on all matter of political issues and don’t mind sharing their opinions or lobbying for changes. Funny though, that advice is never more valued by the consensus media than when it contradicts the current government’s direction.
RCMP feared ending gun registry would hurt investigations
OTTAWA—As the Conservative government prepared to abolish the long-gun registry, the RCMP privately expressed concerns about the negative impact that would have on its ability to trace long guns used in crimes, according to government documents.
The RCMP, in a memorandum marked “updated for (newly appointed) Commissioner Paulson — November 2011” and “under consideration for Cabinet Confidence,” outlined “strategic considerations” related to ending the long-gun registry.
All I want to point out is that when police support something like mandatory minimums The Star can’t seem to run a story.
I don’t think cops should be listened to on policy more than any other bureaucrat. We elected politicians to make decisions on our behalf and they act based on the mandate they receive from the people.
For good or bad that is our system.
I have a real problem though with the preponderance of stories out of Ottawa about how the government rejected this advice or that advice from some paper pusher whose job it is to present options. Bureaucrats propose, governments decide.
Maybe some of my colleagues would prefer to live in a country run by the bureaucracy….