From the Ottawa Citizen, September 2009:
The RCMP paid a firm in Arizona more than $44,000 for “executive coaching” and other training for its top official, Commissioner William Elliott, as part of ongoing efforts to improve accountability in the force.
Elliott spent three days in Scottsdale in July for development of a “leadership action plan” with Malandro Communication, the same company the Royal Canadian Mounted Police intends to hire on a $220,000 contract to coach senior executives in leadership and accountability. . .
Sources tell us his golf handicap improved from 36 to 32.
From The Toronto Star, RCMP chief under fire from senior officers:
The Prime Minister’s Office admits it has received complaints from senior RCMP members about Commissioner William Elliott allegedly being verbally abusive, close-minded, arrogant and insulting.
The complainants include some of the force’s top officers, including deputy commissioners Tim Killam and Raf Souccar, the CBC reported Monday evening.
Perhaps Kommissar Elliott needs another three-day $44,000 golf weekend in Arizona. The first executive coaching session on leadership seems not to have worked.
July 28, 2010 Update
Elliott said the pace of change within the RCMP was responsible for making people uncomfortable but, according to the Toronto Star, that comment infuriated officers who spoke to the newspaper. One source said:
There is supposed to be zero tolerance in the RCMP for managers who harass their subordinates and yet Elliott epitomized the bully boss.
The Conservatives hope an investigation will provide a way out of the potentially explosive mess. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said:
We are doing an analysis to see whether these concerns are merited, and if they are, what we do in respect of them.
Government said an independent adviser, not yet chosen, will conduct an assessment but that report will not be made public. Instead, it will be stored in the room for inactive files at the public archives, joining Justice McDonald’s Commission Report, David Brown’s report on RCMP governance A Matter of Trust, Justice Major’s Air India Report and countless pleas from former CPC Commissioner Paul Kennedy for changes in RCMP governance.
Toews told reporters that, since it is not yet 30 years since Justice McDonald’s report, and little more than three years from Brown’s report, it is premature to think government will soon embark on unplanned, haphazard changes to the national police force. Toews said:
“Conservatives are considering appointing a commission to review commission appointments and, until that measure is taken, Prime Minister Harper is not certain whether or not reports already on file should be read. There is a possibility that some information may be out of date and, besides, the reports are awfully long and nobody bothered to highlight the good parts. However, we know our duty and do it well. We will look like we’re doing something, even while we’re doing nothing.”