If you recall, Mr. Dubé, the issue of harassment within the RCMP was raised in our election platform a couple of years ago. In my mandate letter from the Prime Minister, the point was repeated to work with the force to eliminate this problem. The reason these two studies were conducted over the last year or so—one by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, chaired by Ian McPhail; the other by the former auditor general, Sheila Fraser, serving in capacity as a special adviser to me—was in direct fulfillment of the point made by the Prime Minister in the mandate letter.
Their reports are now available. They have worked at this challenge over the last period of time, and have produced their findings and their advice for me. What they're recommending constitutes fundamental change in some respects. I have indicated in the past that I am open to considering their recommendations. They need to be considered very carefully because they will fundamentally alter the dynamics of the force.
People are concerned about the issues of harassment and bullying and so forth that have come forward. At the same time, I think people would want to be sure that the remedy for those things is carefully thought out and weighed properly. I intend to do that.
There is absolutely no doubt the that the Prime Minister is serious about finding the solutions as rapidly as possible, and so am I. We welcome the work of Mr. McPhail and Ms. Fraser. We will very carefully weigh their advice, and we will come forward as rapidly as we can with a detailed response to all of their recommendations.