Internal emails suggest the federal government may have played a role in the RCMP’s decision in September to abruptly pull out of a news conference with Muslim groups to announce the release of an anti-terrorism handbook.
The RCMP has said that after reviewing the handbook, headquarters could not support the “adversarial tone” of some parts of the publication. “That was a decision of the commissioner (Bob Paulson),” Supt. Shirley Cuillierrier told a Senate committee in November.
But emails obtained by Postmedia News under access-to-information laws show the decision to withdraw was not made in isolation; consultations were happening with the public safety minister’s office and the Privy Council Office, the bureaucratic arm of the Prime Minister’s Office.
They say it like it’s a bad thing…
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