Part One of The Current
It's Monday June 18th.
In a time of cutbacks and lay-offs, the Harper Government is spending over $28 million dollars commemorating the War of 1812.
Currently, a good rule of thumb is: never spend more commemorating a war than you did fighting it.
This is The Current.
The Commissioner of the RCMP took an unprecedented step last month when he released a statement, he wrote an 'open letter' to Canadians. Bob Paulson pleaded for patience as the force sorts out its problems. The letter followed revelations about an Edmonton Mountie demoted for having sex with subordinates and exposing himself to a co-worker.
Sergeant Don Ray was transferred to BC while critics say he should have been kicked off the force. Commissioner Paulson says he needs to modernize the RCMP, including streamlining the disciplinary process to swiftly rid the force of what he calls 'rotten apples'.
Constable Derrick Holdenried believes he's one of those Mounties.
He was suspended without pay last year after being accused of theft. And his damaged reputation festers - online.
Mr. Holdenreid told his story to CBC reporter Jason Proctor because he feels the RCMP bears some responsibility. Jason's documentary is called Tarnished.
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