RCMP orders plane carrying anti-Harper banner to land

OTTAWA – One of Canada’s largest unions is crying foul over the RCMP’s decision to order a union-chartered plane flying over Ottawa to land, accusing the Mounties of doing so for political reasons.

OTTAWA – One of Canada’s largest unions is crying foul over the RCMP’s decision to order a union-chartered plane flying over Ottawa to land, accusing the Mounties of doing so for political reasons.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada says the plane was carrying a French-language banner on Saturday that translates into “Stephen Harper hates us.”

An RCMP spokeswoman said in an email that the plane appeared to be flying within restricted airspace over Parliament Hill so the Mounties requested it land.

“The RCMP is mandated with the security on the grounds of Parliament Hill and the RCMP takes all threats seriously,” said Cpl. Lucy Shorey.

The RCMP questioned the pilot and determined there was no security threat and considers the matter closed, Shorey said.

Larry Rousseau, regional executive vice-president for PSAC in the national capital region, says the bottom line for the union is that the plane had to land sooner than it had planned.

“The message stopped being apparent to the public,” Rousseau said in an interview Monday night.

“Anyway I analyze it, upways, sideways, verticalways, I really have to ask the question, what was the real purpose for asking the plane to come down?” he said.

”What the effect of that (the decision to ask the plane to land) was…..was to get that banner out of the sky.”

The plane had been towing the banner over Montreal and other communities in Quebec recently, something the RCMP could have easily checked out, Rousseau said

“Here you have a plane, duly registered, owned by a company that does publicity and that has been flying over many regions of Quebec over the past two weeks.”

The Mounties could have had a radio conversation with the pilot to find out what he was doing instead of telling him to land, Rousseau added.

A union news release indicates the pilot was aware of airspace restrictions in place in Ottawa and says Nav-Canada has confirmed the plane did not venture into the restricted zone.

“I have to exclude the national security reasons,” said Rousseau.

The union has been waging a public relations battle with the Harper government over its plans to slash thousands of public sector jobs and has received a favourable response from its members over its airborne campaign, Rousseau said.

”We certainly want to see that plane back up on the air as soon as we can.”




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RCMP orders plane carrying anti-Harper banner to land

  1. Disgraceful that the RCMP ordered him down. Someone should answer for this.

  2. “An RCMP spokeswoman said in an email that the plane appeared to be flying within restricted airspace over Parliament Hill, so the Mounties requested it land”.
    __________
    Perhpas these ‘police’ should check with those who actually KNOW if and when an aircraft is in an area where disallowed. These ‘rcmp’ need to remember that their sole job is to ENFORCE the law, not to interpret it – that puppy is up to the courts. This whole thing smells. I it is in any way attached to a political intrusion or the police acting on behalf of a political party, then this must be addressed, made public, and brought before the courts.
    Canada is looking less and less like Canada, and more and more like a slightly repressive regime.

  3. Is there ever any good news about the RCMP?

  4. Harper really do hate us just as much we hate him here in Quebec (he’s such a globalist tool). Anyway, the truth hurts, and god are we living in a lie here in “Canada” (the soon-to-be USA 2.0). Why stay in Canada when you are the only progressive province in the country and you are not represented at all at the parliament. Hopefully with Marois (she is far from being “evil” as your media propaganda is telling you) we will have another referendum in Quebec and leave Canada for good with your fascist Harper, regressive policies, oil wars and Queen worshipping. Anyway, à bientôt chers amis de qui on s’éloigne lentement mais surement.

    • Good luck. Call sometimes and tell us how you’re getting along. We’ll miss you but sometimes you just have to let go.

      • Actually, it’s not just Quebec that is fed up with our political system that allows one region to dominated federal politics (since you don’t need anywhere near a popular majority in our “democracy”). BC is next in line (we will have a NDP government next time around in BC, go figure). Ontario is getting tired of this nonsense too. So if they all “just let go”, you’ll end up with a third of Canada. Then we’ll see who needs luck.

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