Alberta justice minister urges federal government to dismiss RCMP commissioner Lucki

EDMONTON — Alberta’s justice minister wants the federal government to fire the head of the RCMP.

Justice Minister Tyler Shandro is urging Marco Mendicino, the federal minster of public safety, to immediately dismiss RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, saying Alberta has lost confidence in her.

Shandro says Lucki has failed to do her job on multiple files, including the convoy protests and blockades earlier this year.

In response, Mendicino says the government has confidence in Lucki and the federal government will continue to follow the normal process on evaluating and appointing commissioners.

The RCMP is a hot topic in Alberta, as the province is working on a plan to replace the Mounties with its own police force, even though opinion polls and many rural and municipal leaders are not in favour of the idea.

Premier Danielle Smith has said a provincially run police service is a key part of Alberta asserting more autonomy from the federal government.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2022.

The Canadian Press