Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trudeau wants next RCMP boss to be a woman or someone with experience on aboriginal file, sources say - NATIONAL POST

by Douglas Quan
Originally published: May 15, 2017

Facing mounting pressure to overhaul how Canada’s national police force is managed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has signalled to staff he is keen to appoint a woman or someone with experience on the indigenous file to take charge of the RCMP after Commissioner Bob Paulson retires at the end of June.

Sources tell the National Post Trudeau is committed to a merit-based selection process for the high-profile commissioner’s job, which oversees 30,000 regular and civilian members. At the same time, he wants candidates who represent the diversity of Canada.

But a change in leadership alone may not be enough to address persistent problems plaguing the force, observers say.