Comparing B.C. with Ontario (IV)
Ontarios NDP criticizes the AG for
buckling under a very powerful police lobby.
Meanwhile B.C.s NDP, Liberals and cops
stand united against police accountability
May 14, 2010
A new development in Ontarios police note-vetting controversy again contrasts that province with B.C. A similar dispute couldnt happen here because no one in B.C. politics or the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner would ever take such a stand against the police.
On May 13 Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley suddenly pulled government lawyers from a court case in which they were representing the Special Investigations Unit against the police. According to Ontario NDP justice critic Peter Kormos, The impression any observer has is that the attorney general is buckling under a very powerful police lobby.
Youd never hear a similar remark from Leonard Krog or Mike Farnworth, B.C. NDP critics for attorney general and solicitor general. Like their arch-enemy BC Liberals, B.C.s NDP fully supports our cop-friendly system of cop oversight. Neither would our cop-friendly police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe, nor his crew of ex-cops, ever seriously challenge cops in the first place. (Blue-moon exceptions can occur on individual incidents that get advance publicity, advance support from an influential group or caught on video. But those cases are unusual. Furthermore the OPCC will not challenge an ongoing police practice even if its illegal.)
The best explanation would be that a powerful police lobby prevails in B.C., and does so more quietly and efficiently than its counterpart in Ontario. That would explain the astonishing appointment of Lowe as police complaint commissioner, the spectacle of two warring political parties uniting to preserve the cop status quo enshrined in B.C.s Police Act, and the fact that Stan Lowe and his crew of ex-cops answer to absolutely no one.
Apart from Allen Garr in the Vancouver Courier, I dont know of any B.C. journalist whos touched the subject of a police lobby. I certainly dont know of any B.C. politician whos broached the subject. But its an ongoing issue in Ontario politics and media.
Rest assured, B.C. cops: It cant happen here.
Police special interest groups, including powerful unions,
have succeeded in keeping themselves immune
from independent oversight
Police accountability: Comparing B.C. with Ontario (I)
Their system is a flawed work in progress
but it surpasses ours in three crucial areas
Police accountability: Comparing B.C. with Ontario (II)
Without an ombudspersons strong oversight
B.C.s police watchdog will remain B.C.s police lapdog
Police accountability: Comparing B.C. with Ontario (III)
A conflict between Ontario police and the SIU
contrasts with the very chummy relationship
between B.C. cops and the OPCC
Police accountability: Comparing B.C. with Ontario (V)
Ontarios SIU faces public criticism and a second investigation
by the provincial Ombudsman. B.C.s OPCC continues to escape scrutiny
Police accountability: Comparing B.C. with Ontario (VI)
You wont read this in B.C.s mainstream media.
And thats part of the reason well never have effective police oversight