Heed’s claims off course

If nothing else, former solicitor general Kash Heed deserves credit for drawing attention to the negotiations between the provincial government and the RCMP for a new 20-year contract.

If nothing else, former solicitor general Kash Heed deserves credit for drawing attention to the negotiations between the provincial government and the RCMP for a new 20-year contract.

Heed alleges that a police probe into his conduct as MLA is an attempt at character assassination at a crucial time in the RCMP’s history. Heed has been calling for more accountability for the RCMP and for that he may have made a few enemies on the force.

But it’s unlikely the releasing of information in a warrant and charges related to alleged misuse of MLA funds to pay salaries of political operatives was merely an attempt to make Heed look bad and win public favour.

As a career police officer and former solicitor general, Heed has experience to back up his assertions that the RCMP needs to do a better job policing itself. But his voice is just one among many calling for greater accountability after the handling of the missing women’s case, the death of Robert Dziekanski and recent stories of rogue police officers misusing their power.

In light of these stories, it would be a surprise if the new contract failed to reflect the need to restore public confidence.

Still, the RCMP has great experience and resources to offer, and the success of the regional integrated gang task force and the integrated homicide investigation team have proven the Mounties can work effectively with other police agencies.

As for Heed, he should continue to ask for more police accountability but remain silent when it comes to his own affairs.

– Black Press