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When Andrew Scheer urged Justin Trudeau this week to “direct the RCMP” to end blockades strangling the nation’s railways, Trudeau and his public safety minister, Bill Blair, said they would not interfere in police operations. Indeed, the Supreme Court ruled in 1999 that police independence “underpins the rule of law.”
Yesterday, the RCMP—without being ordered—offered to pull up its stakes from Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia. Trudeau, calling the blockades “unacceptable,” also met with his cabinet on the way forward. …read more