The RCMP gets lots of criticism these days and, as the force admitted itself recently over the death of Robert Dziekanski, some of it is deserved. It is a tough, demanding calling, keeping the peace in an increasingly troubled world and the Mounties sometimes struggle to do the job according to their own standards.
Those standards have roots extending back more than a century - Maintain the Right is the time honoured motto and generations of Mounties have tried to live up to it. I was fortunate enough to meet one former Mountie recently, who had just celebrated his 100th birthday. Looking back, he knew exactly what was expected of him and he says he followed those rules throughout his life. Musical Ride Man