Police authority seeks help paying costs from Moncton RCMP shootings

There's still no word on who will pay for the extra costs incurred by the Codiac Regional RCMP following last June's murder of three officers in Moncton.

Federal and provincial government in no rush to help pay bill that could go as high as $4 million

There's still no word on who will pay the up to $4 million incurred by the Codiac Regional RCMP following the fatal Moncton shootings in June. 2:16

There's still no word on who will pay for the extra costs incurred by the Codiac Regional RCMP following last June's murder of three officers in Moncton.

City manager Jacques Dubé said in December the cost could be as high as $4 million.

Extra policing costs for Codiac RCMP following the shooting of three officers in June could reach $4 million, according to Moncton's city manager. (Marc Grandmaison/Canadian Press)
The manhunt for Bourque when he was on the loose from June 4 until June 6 cost $1.2 million. Following his capture, RCMP officers from across the country replaced Codiac members in Moncton to give them time off the job.

Neither the province nor the federal government are rushing to help pay.

The Codiac regional policing authority is in charge of the budget of the Codiac detachment. That cost is split between Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview.

Chairman Nick Leblanc is refusing to do interviews about his efforts to get the province and the federal government to pay for the events in June.

Through a Right to Information request, CBC News has learned that Leblanc sent a letter to the provincial government in October.

He was asking the province to cover 100 per cent of those costs.

In December, Public Safety Minister Stephen Horsman replied.

Public Safety spokeswoman Sheila Lagace says the Codiac detachment's contract is actually with the federal government. 

“He's just pointing out the federal government is the right authority to deal with because the contract was signed with them.”

Lagace adds the province is willing to help get money from Ottawa.

And, depending on how that goes, the province may chip in as well.

Charles Leger is the City of Moncton's representative on the policing authority.

“I know that a lot of individuals have asked me when will the general public, when will the three municipalities know.”

Leger says there are negotiations ongoing with Fredericton and Ottawa.

But he can't say what, if any, help has been offered.

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