Goodale expresses 'outrage' at RCMP's 'toxic workplace'
Public safety Minister Ralph Goodale speaks in the House of Commons during during Question Period in Ottawa on Wednesday January 27, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Fred Chartrand)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 19, 2016 7:17PM EST
OTTAWA - The public safety minister says he has expressed outrage to the country's top Mountie over the latest allegations of sexual harassment within the police force.
Ralph Goodale says he told RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson he expects a comprehensive, transparent investigation, strong discipline, support for victims and a plan to end what he calls "this toxic workplace behaviour."
The strong words come after CBC News reported allegations of unwanted sexual touching, bullying and rampant nudity in the workplace at the explosives training unit of the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.
In a statement, Goodale notes the prime minister has given him a clear mandate to ensure that the RCMP is a healthy workplace free from harassment and sexual violence.
In the House of Commons, the NDP accused the RCMP of having no respect for complainants.
Goodale's parliamentary secretary, Michel Picard, confirmed that two RCMP members had been suspended in relation to the police college allegations.