OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is endorsing the Mounties’ controversial efforts to tackle an endemic problem of workplace harassment. But the prime minister stopped short of directly stating full confidence in the Mounties’ top commanding officer.
In the wake of a scathing court ruling this week about the RCMP’s “outrageous” harassment and bullying of one of its own members, Sgt. Peter Merrifield, Trudeau was asked if he still had confidence in RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.
“I, uh, we all, ah, are agreed, including Commissioner Paulson, but certainly everyone in this government that harassment is unacceptable and whether it be in the Canadian Armed Forces or within the RCMP or even within Parliament, I have shown zero-tolerance for harassment and sexual assault,” Trudeau said Thursday at a news conference at the naval base in Esquimault, B.C.