Lucki claimed direct pressure from Blair, RCMP official says

HALIFAX-

A damning letter from an RCMP communications manager released today says RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki referred to direct pressure from the federal public security secretary to release firearms details in the days following the mass shooting in Nova Scotia.

Lia Scanlan’s letter dated April 14, 2021 — nearly a year after the killing of 22 people — alleges that the RCMP leader was focused on the Liberal government’s agenda to pass firearms legislation when she criticized Halifax’s staff during a conference on April 28, 2020 phone call.

Hours earlier at a press conference, Sut. Darren Campbell had declined to provide details about the weapons used by the killer, saying it would hinder the investigation.

The letter is part of evidence provided for a public inquiry into the April 18-19 2020 mass shooting.

According to Scanlan, who was the strategic communications director at the time of the shooting, Lucki had come on the line outraged that Halifax personnel had not released details of the weapon, suggesting they were the surviving children whose parents had been murdered. had abandoned.

Scanlan wrote that Lucki had informed those in attendance at the meeting that she was dealing with “pressure and a conversation with Secretary (Bill) Blair, which we clearly understood was related to the impending approval of the gun laws.”

The manager says in the letter that she “remembered a sense of disgust when I realized that this was the catalyst for the conversation and perhaps a justification for what you said about us.”

Campbell’s handwritten notes, released Monday by the investigation, also say Lucki told attendees she promised the federal Public Security Department and the Prime Minister’s Office that information about the weapons used by the gunman would be released. because it was “bound by pending gun laws.”

Blair said last Wednesday that Lucki had made no such promise to him. He was not immediately available for comment on Scanlan’s allegations.

During question time on Wednesday and Thursday, he repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, noting that the liberal promise to enact tougher gun laws had been in place long before the tragedy.

“The brutal murder of 22 Canadians with firearms has strengthened our determination to keep Canadians safe and deliver on our promise,” he said.


This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 28, 2022.

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