Vol 11 (2019)
Articles

The 2017 Moncton Canada Labour Code Trial and the Future of the RCMP

Greg Marquis
University of New Brunswick
Bio
Published November 1, 2019
How to Cite
Marquis, G. (2019). The 2017 Moncton Canada Labour Code Trial and the Future of the RCMP. Journal of New Brunswick Studies / Revue d’études Sur Le Nouveau-Brunswick, 11, 9–30. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/JNBS/article/view/29837

Abstract

The killing of three and the wounding of two Mounties in Moncton in 2014 by a lone shooter led to the RCMP being charged under the Canada Labour Code for failing to adequately train, equip, and protect its members from foreseeable risk. This article analyzes the 2017 prosecution within the context of recent controversies involving the RCMP, its roles in New Brunswick, and the issue of the unionization of the rank and file. The trial’s outcome was interpreted as a victory for the lower ranks and legitimized the argument that Mounties on patrol across Canada needed heavier weaponry.