An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (Civilian Investigation Service)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Nathan Cullen  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Nov. 2, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act to establish the Civilian Investigation Service. The role of the Service is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of, or the occurrence of serious bodily harm to, any person while that person was in the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


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Royal Canadian Mounted Police ActRoutine Proceedings

November 2nd, 2009 / 3:05 p.m.
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Nathan Cullen NDP Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-472, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (Civilian Investigation Service).

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to present the RCMP civilian oversight act, seconded by my colleague from Hamilton Centre, a former solicitor general in Ontario.

It was four years ago that Ian Bush was arrested in the parking lot of a hockey arena in Houston, B.C. and a short time later was found dead in the local detachment of the RCMP.

In order for the RCMP to do the difficult and dangerous job we ask it to do, it needs the public's confidence and trust. To restore that trust, we must end the tradition of police investigating themselves.

Ian's mom, Linda, and sisters, Andrea and Renee. have joined me here on Parliament Hill to watch the presentation of this bill. It has been named in memory of their fallen family member.

Of all the legislation I have worked on over the years, I have never seen the courage and conviction for change that I have seen in Linda Bush and her ability to push through all obstacles to see true reform in honour and memory of her son.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)