Lucki retiring mere days before Emergencies Act Inquiry report

Mike Campbell

February 15, 2023

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki announced she’s retiring from her position, just days before Judge Rouleau will give his Emergencies Act Inquiry report. 

“This was not an easy decision as I love the RCMP and have loved being the 24th commissioner,” she said in a statement.

“I am so incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead this historic organization and witness first hand the tremendous work being done each and every day by all employees from coast to coast to coast and internationally.”

Just three months ago, Lucki told reporters that she’s confident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will extend her for another five year term beginning in March. 

“I’m absolutely staying on as Commissioner of the RCMP,” she told the Globe at the time.

But on Wednesday, Lucki did a full one-eighty. 

“I’m so proud of the steps we’ve taken to modernize – to increase accountability, address systemic racism, ensure a safe and equitable workplace and advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples,” she said.

“I leave knowing I did my best and take comfort that the RCMP is well placed to shine in its 150th year.”

This development comes just days before Judge Rouleau produces a final report on behalf of the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC), which investigated Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act

During Lucki’s testimony at POEC, the public learned she didn’t communicate crucial information in a meeting she had with Trudeau just one day before he invoked the never-before-used Act.

Lucki had written down that police had “not yet exhausted all available tools” in dealing with protestors, but she did not share this assessment with the government. While testifying at POEC, Lucki admitted she made a mistake.

“I guess in hindsight, yeah, that might have been something significant,” she said.

Lucki’s answers were mainly vague during her testimony, and she often said she “couldn’t recall” several incidents she was involved in. 

Lucki was also front and center in the Nova Scotia mass shooting scandal when she pressured officers involved in the investigation to produce information that would help the Liberals’ pending gun-control legislation.

Lucki denied the allegations, despite several Nova Scotia RCMP saying otherwise, and the fact that last month, the Mass Casualty Commission published phone recordings of Lucki reaming them out for not doing so.

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