Toews’s rebuke of RCMP boss puts all top officials on notice

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By Daniel Leblanc, the Globe and Mail, 23 November 2012

In a rare public smackdown, the Harper government has not only rebuked its straight-talking Commissioner of the RCMP, but also sent a signal to all top officials to strictly control their comments to the media.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has slammed Commissioner Bob Paulson’s handling of gender-balance and harassment problems in the national police force in a sharply worded letter. The fact the missive was signed and leaked to the media on the same day reverberated throughout Ottawa, giving a clear sense that Commissioner Paulson was being reprimanded for going off-message in a recent interview about gender issues in the force. The letter was widely interpreted as a blunt warning to all government officials. (...)

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