I have a question about the conduct of the RCMP National Division tasked with investigating significant threats to Canada’s political, economic, and social integrity. Is this division of the RCMP under the jurisdiction of this parliamentary committee.
Pursuant to its statute, the Committee is able to review:
– the legislative, regulatory, policy, administrative and financial framework for national security and intelligence;
– any activity carried out by a department that relates to national security or intelligence, unless it is an ongoing operation and the appropriate Minister determines the review would be injurious to national security; and
– any matter related to national security and intelligence that is referred to the Committee by a minister of the Crown.
Therefore, it can review activities undertaken by any agency or department, including the RCMP, that fit within the above categories. When an issue or subject does fit within its mandate, the Committee considers a number of further criteria when deciding what to review. I would note that the Committee is not a complaints body and has no mandate to accept individual complaints. Complaints regarding the conduct of RCMP members can be directed to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.
The Committee has ongoing reviews in respect of foreign interference in democratic processes, the federal policing mandate of the RCMP, and the lawful interception of communications for security and intelligence activities. The Committee has recently completed its review of the national security and intelligence activities of Global Affairs Canada. All of the Committee’s reviews, once announced, can be found on its website at www.nsicop-cpsnr.gc.ca.
I understand that the NSICOP is not for the submission of complaints but a Parliamentary review body serving the public interest which my communication seeks to inform.
I attach my communication with the RCMP National Division tasked with investigating significant threats to Canada’s political, economic and social integrity. When I reported obstruction of justice at the Ministry of Justice including a failure to even respond to the enforcement procedure of the Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights the RCMP wrote back, do not send more evidence, we will not investigate, we will destroy evidence.
I’m sure that you will agree that the communication has a chilling effect on the reporting of corruption amongst public officials and cannot be justified in a free and democratic state. When I wrote to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP they wrote back that my complaint was “vexatious” and they wouldn’t be investigating but I could write to the RCMP Chief, which I did, but she resigned and I’ve received no further responses.
For an overview of the situation I include the letter “Failure in the Integrity of Canada’s Democratic Institutions” sent to the House of Commons, Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, I have received no response regarding the procedural questions on the serving of Parliament to check the powers of the Executive and Judiciary to protect the Public from abuse of powers including constitutional violations.
I understand that pursuant to its statute, the NSICOP Committee is able to review; the legislative, regulatory, policy, administrative and financial framework for national security and intelligence; and any activity carried out by a department that relates to national security or intelligence. I have informed CSIS but have not been contacted for any information so not aware of an ongoing operation. It would likely be a conflict of interest for the appropriate Ministers to determine that the review of their conduct would be injurious to national security.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. If I am able to assist in any way feel free to contact me for further details, evidence, or clarification of my legal opinion.