Bob Paulson is stepping down as the top cop at the RCMP. He served as Commissioner since November 2011, spent 32 years serving with the Mounties and before that, six years in the army. Anyone that serves their country for four decades has to be admired.
And while I have problems with Paulson over one major issue, the fact is that on other files, the force under his command has done some amazing work.
Watch as I lay out what he did well, and the one issue I have a problem with - the High River gun grab, a massive violation of civil rights mostly ignored by the media because they have no time for gun owners.
When flooding hit High River, Alberta in late June 2013 the town declared a state of emergency. Residents evacuated secure in the knowledge that they needed to look after themselves first and that local authorities would protect their belongings.
For the most part, that’s what happened until officers started searching for guns and breaking the law while breaking down doors.
The end result in the aftermath is broken trust between the people of the town and their local police, between gun owners and police.
This could have been handled much better by Commissioner Paulson including punishing those in Alberta’s K Division that were responsible, instead of handing out promotions.
I don’t expect others in the media to take up this issue, their antipathy to gun owners is well documented, some of them outright lied about what happened and what McPhail reported.
But I do wish Commissioner Paulson had acted on this rather than retiring with this black mark, this asterisk on his outstanding career.