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e-179 (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Initiated by Dennis R Young from Airdrie, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • The Interim Report into the RCMP’s Response to the 2013 Flood in High River, Alberta was released by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP on February 12, 2015 stating, “RCMP members entered 4,666 homes, and forced entries into more than 754 of those homes...”;
  • The RCMP Commission’s Interim Report failed to address the most serious unintended consequence of these 4,666 unwarranted entries by the RCMP, namely, a lack of trust in the RCMP’s duty of care for evacuated homes during an emergency as indicated by a scientifically valid, independent telephone poll conducted on August 6, 2014, showing that 53% of High River residents say they won't evacuate in the next emergency; and
  • The RCMP Commission’s Interim Report reported only 754 forced entries, RCMP documents obtained by an Access to Information Act request showed that High River residents filed 2,210 damage claims with the RCMP totalling more than $2.5 million as a result of those “forced entries”.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Debate and vote on a motion calling on the government to rebuild trust in the RCMP among High River residents by holding an independent judicial inquiry into the legal justification for the RCMP entering 4,666 High River homes;
2. Determine how many of these unwarranted entries violated the privacy rights and property rights of these High River residents; and
3. Determine if these entries were contrary to any of the provisions of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Government response tabled on May 5, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-115-02)
Open for signature
February 19, 2016, at 3:49 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 18, 2016, at 3:49 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
John Barlow (Foothills)
March 22, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01217)
Government response tabled
May 5, 2017
Photo - John Barlow
Conservative Caucus
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