A day after a retired police chief and Canada’s advocacy group for Sikh people exposed bearded RCMP officers in B.C. had been pulled from their routine responsibilities, the nation’s public security minister has stepped in– while the prime minister says it never must’ve occurred.
” The existence of varied Canadians in our police and in all our systems of authority is something very essential for all Canadians, and it is something that I definitely hope the RCMP corrects quickly and it shouldn’t have happened in the first location,” stated Justin Trudeau. “I was extremely dissatisfied to become aware of this issue with the RCMP due to the fact that I do understand that lots of other police forces and other companies have determined ways of supporting health and wellness requirements, without needing to produce discrimination versus certain people since of their religious beliefs.”
Public Security Minister Costs Blair’s workplace informs CTV News he anticipates to see changes to the scenario, which has seen Sikh and Muslim Mounties reassigned, frequently to desk tasks and other undesirable positions, since the force says they have not had the ability to discover approved masks that would accommodate their facial hair.
“It is essential for the RCMP to supply necessary individual protective devices in a timely manner for Sikh officers.
The RCMP acknowledges it’s not simply those with religious exemptions but some members with medical exemptions from using individual protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic have likewise been affected. The World Sikh Company revealed Thursday it’s been approached by lots of Mounties, primarily in B.C., who are upset about being pulled from the field and are afraid their careers would be impacted if they spoke openly.
” It’s, from my legal viewpoint, a very clear case of discrimination where options exist, the RCMP just appears reluctant to look at those,” said WSO spokesperson and legal counsel Balpreet Singh Thursday. “They don’t wish to speak up versus their management, against other senior officers, but they don’t know what to do.”
CTV News called 3 municipal police forces in Vancouver and all of them stated they had PPE available for use at their officers’ discretion and did not have special policies around beards, while the RCMP at nationwide head office insist they’re subject to different labour laws than other police firms.
When CTV asked B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry about the concern, she stated she saw little reason authorities would need to wear an unique mask called a respirator, which is normally used for medical procedures like intubation. Former West Vancouver cops chief Kash Heed slammed the force for taking its own path on the issue, rather than following such medical suggestions.
” I utilize the term ‘management neglect’ in this problem, and other issues in the RCMP, where they have this stopped working policy,” stated Heed when going over officers who had actually gone to him in disappointment. “They do not appear to believe it out, they don’t appear to want to learn from other departments around the world on how they are resolving this particular issue.”
CTV News has asked the RCMP for a response to Blair’s remarks and is awaiting a response.