9780771069062

Last Guardians : The Crisis in the RCMP... and in Canada

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  • ISBN13:

    9780771069062

  • ISBN10:

    0771069065

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd

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Summary

The national police force, which has proudly symbolized Canada around the world for over a century, has been having a few bad decades. From barn-burning to break-ins at 24 Sussex Drive all the way to Airbus, the force has seemed to reel from crisis to crisis. In 1997, journalist Paul Palango, who had already written about the RCMP in the bestsellingAbove the Law, set out to take another look at the force forMaclean'smagazine. In the course of the article, entitled "Why the Mounties Can't Get Their Man," he quoted Commissioner Philip Murray, who lamented that Canada was heading towards a two-tier system of policing, with private investigative and security services dealing with white-collar crimes, because the public police force no longer has the resources of time, manpower, or money to do so. Palango wanted to try to show how and why the RCMP had reached this point, and what the implications might be for society as a whole. This book is the result. With the blessings of the force, he set out across the country, interviewing highly placed officers past and present watching cadets train at the force's historic Regina headquarters, going on night patrol with constables both in a remote Manitoba community and in suburban Burnaby, B.C., checking out the new drive to community policing and some of the communities it serves. Members of the RCMP co-operated with him everywhere he went and talked freely to him. What Paul Palango found at the end of his journey was a force in crisis, struggling to be all things to all Canadians in a society that is no longer sure what role it wants the federal police to play but is sure that it wants them to do it on less money. Palango also argues that looking carefully at the RCMP, shaped as a federal institution by all the societal and economic pressures that have swept the country over the years, is an effective way to examine many of the problems that ail Canada after the event of September 11, 2001.

Author Biography

<b>Paul Palango</b> is a veteran investigative journalist. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, he started his career at the <i>Hamilton Spectator</i>, his hometown newspaper. In 1978, he joined the <i>Globe and Mail</i> as a reporter, and between 1983 and his resignation in 1990, he served successively as its sports editor, Metro editor, and, eventually, national editor. During his tenure at the <i>Globe and Mail</i>, Palango’s reporters swept the Centre for Investigative Reporting Awards in five consecutive years. In 1989, he accepted the Michener Award on behalf of the <i>Globe</i>. More recently,Palango has been a columnist for Toronto’s <i>eye Weekly</i>. He lives near Toronto with his wife and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Introduction: The Reporter's Perspective 1(11)
Introducing Anton Piller, the RCMP, and Canada
12(9)
The Legacy of Norman Inkster
21(23)
The Glassco Commission: The Changing of the Guard
44(11)
Quebec Versus the Mounties
55(22)
The Trudeau Effect: Federalism as a Business
77(25)
A Tale of Two Forces
102(23)
Police Ltd.
125(25)
Tax Collectors with an Attitude and a Gun
150(25)
Regina: The School of Contradictions
175(16)
Night Patrol in Duck Bay
191(10)
Community-Based Policing: Law Enforcement and Politics
201(30)
Lower Mainland Blues: The Mounties as City Cops
231(17)
Hamilton: A City without Guardians
248(18)
The Rolex Guardians: Two-Tier Policing, or Is It Three?
266(29)
Conclusion: The RCMP-The Last Guardians
287(8)
Notes 295(11)
Selected Bibliography 306(3)
Index 309

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