Brian Sauvé, president of the union representing front-line RCMP constables, publicly opposes an inquiry into the RCMP’s handling of the Nova Scotia murders on April 18th and 19th, 2020.
This stance is moronic… yet it’s also wholly predictable.
I am appalled to read Brian Sauvé’s claim that an inquiry can only hurt front-line RCMP members.
“Members on the street wear that when media blasts a headline that the RCMP could have stopped ‘x’ number of deaths. The guys on the street are not the ones who made the operational decisions.”
First, I couldn’t give a rat’s *** about RCMP morale. Not when myriad legitimate grounds exist for an inquiry into their actions.
As for Sauvé’s second point, “the guys on the street” who don’t make operational decisions – two “guys on the street” dumped a ton of bullets into a fire hall, then sped away without ever bothering to find out of they injured, or worse, killed anyone.
They did so with zero concern for the lives of those innocent people inside. Their actions constitute gross negligence at best, and criminal negligence at worst.
From where I sit, Brian Sauvé wants to prevent an investigation into those two RCMP members and blocking an inquiry is his smokescreen for it.
For Sauvé to claim – in any way, shape or form – the public has no right to learn why and how a fire hall was used for target practice by two RCMP constables is obscene in the extreme.
There is ample evidence the RCMP bungled some aspects of this case, most notably their failure to issue an emergency alert.
“If the public wants to go down that road of a public inquiry,” Sauvé said, “then let’s not look at what happened in the last 12 hours, let’s look at our justice system, [and] if our probation system if our health care system, if our firearms system, if our community support system failed the public in any way.”
While I’ve called for patience and giving the RCMP the benefit of the doubt (and still do), I have zero patience for Brian Sauvé’s self-serving stupidity.
Let’s stop playing silly bugger, Mr. Sauvé.
Every firearms control law passed in the last 100 years failed to stop the Nova Scotia mass murderer. No law passed in the next 100 years could stop him and we all know it.
Blaming the justice system, the probation system and the mental health care system won’t get you off the hook for your gross stupidity either.
None of those systems have a thing to do with the RCMP’s actions during the 12 hours you’re so desperate to cover up.
People from the lowliest beat cop to the highest ranking RCMP member in Nova Scotia must rightfully explain themselves and their actions.
You can’t gloss this over or blame anyone else for what happened that day – not if you expect the mere citizens of Canada to retain an ounce of respect for the RCMP and its front-line members.
Grow a pair already, Mr. Sauvé, because right now you are the one dishonoring the very RCMP members you claim to represent.