Criticize the RCMP and lose your funding? - Macleans.ca
 

Criticize the RCMP and lose your funding?

Deputy commissioner warns SFU prof over negative comments made in the media


 

Simon Fraser University’s head of criminology says an RCMP officer threatened to pull funding for the department in response to critical comments made against the Mounties. According to emails, obtained by Postmedia, RCMP deputy commissioner Gary Bass appears to have issued a “thinly veiled threat” against SFU’s director of criminology, Robert Gordon, for publicly criticizing RCMP “arrogance” in handling the Robert Pickton case.

The RCMP is one of the primary donors to SFU’s Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies, which is a part of the criminology department. In the email the deputy chief accuses Gordon of making inaccurate statements in the media, and questions the relationship between SFU and the RCMP. “The ongoing bias you display against the RCMP in articles such as this have caused many to ask why we would want to continue to be in that partnership given this apparent lack of support from the head of the department,” the email, sent on Aug 22, stated.

Bass told Postmedia that the RCMP has no plans of pulling funding for two research chairs at the Institute. “We have no intention of pulling away from that contract. We have a great relationship with SFU,” he said.


 

Criticize the RCMP and lose your funding?

  1. They might visit you at home first or delete your post on the net

  2. Typical RCMP hubris. Once the threat source was revealed by the email trail, of course the RCMP will reverse direction. They have been caught many times with their pants down, but keep sticking their feet in their mouths. Don’t they have any clue about evidence trails and investigative techniques? Or do they just assume that what they do is lawful and acceptable to the common folk, because supposedly they are the law. News for you dudes: Clean up your act. People take exception to being treated like idiots, and you and yours are NOT above the law. Tread carefully, or you could find someone handing you walking papers.

  3. Looking at this whole saga with Mr. Gordon and his relationship with an institution that he would rather see obliterated. On top of passing judgement of the RCMP without gathering the full facts. As a company CEO I would have probably pulled my funding long ago and ended my relationship with a goon like Gordon. Afterall, we all don’t appreciate people Judge us based on rumor and innuendo do we? Kudos to Mr. Bass for confronting Gorodn, perhaps they should reallocate their funding to a different university.

  4. The article is inaccurate there was absolutely no threat to pull funding. Totally false.
    Just more nonsensical Mountie bashing.

  5. The very fact that Bass felt empowered to imply that funding could be pulled confirms the probability of RCMP influence in the work of their wholly owned SFU professors. In my opinion a federal police force should have no role to play on a university campus and certainly should have no influence whatsoever in research projects or curriculum design. I’m deeply disappointed to learn that SFU ever accepted RCMP money in the first place.