RCMP boss responds to watchdog report about alleged spying on anti-oil protesters

After long delay, Commissioner Lucki privately responds to 2017 report on allegation of RCMP spying on Canadians, clearing way for RCMP's Civilian Review and Complaints Commission to publicly release findings related to 2014 complaint.

OTTAWA — RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki has responded to a long-delayed watchdog report on alleged surveillance of anti-oil protesters after a civil liberties group went to court to force her hand.

The submission of Lucki's comments on the interim report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP means the watchdog can now prepare a final report for public release.

Paul Champ, lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, received a letter Friday from Lucki confirming her response to the commission.

The association has accused the Mounties of sitting on the 2017 interim report for more than three years, prompting the group to recently ask the Federal Court to order Lucki to complete her input.

The association lodged a complaint in February 2014 with the complaints commission about the alleged surveillance.

It said the RCMP improperly collected and shared information about people and groups who peacefully opposed the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project and attended National Energy Board meetings.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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