This amendment is further to the four amendments related to this division, all of which stem directly from the recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. I don't think the members wrote the recommendations, themselves, but they put forward possible amendments based on their study. We'd like to thank them for examining these clauses. They issued some very useful recommendations, which served as the basis for these four amendments.
The first amendment seeks to clarify the mandate of the management advisory board of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP, established by the bill. The purpose is to ensure the transformation and modernization plans “take account of the challenges of harassment and culture change” within the RCMP.
That is highly pertinent given the recent revelations regarding harassment and culture within the RCMP. It goes without saying that the board should be able to provide relevant advice to the minister and RCMP leadership. The idea is to find solutions to the very real harassment and culture challenge within the RCMP.
I hope the committee will support this amendment and give the management advisory board a bit more flexibility in carrying out its mandate to provide advice on these matters.