A Vancouver-based civil liberties watchdog has asked the Federal Court to force a public review of two high-profile RCMP investigations.


B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) executive director Murray Mollard yesterday accused Paul Kennedy, chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, of “sidelining” attempts to bring controversial RCMP practices to light.


The BCCLA had requested that Kennedy call a public hearing into the Ian Bush shooting and the RCMP’s investigation of the income trust leak, which former commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli made public during the last federal election.


Instead, Kennedy launched his own complaint, spurring an investigation behind closed doors, Mollard said.

Only complainants have the right to receive a report of such an investigation.

In addition, the process initiated by Kennedy allows Zaccardelli to escape scrutiny, as he is no longer with the RCMP, Mollard said.

He added it was highly unusual for the RCMP to announce its investigation of the Liberal party in relation to a leak about changes to tax laws surrounding income trusts.

Kennedy could not be reached for comment.