If unlike me, you are not ancient, listen to Simi Sara at CKNW’s audio vault, May 31, 1 pm, to remember how excellent talk radio can be. This is broadcasting that explores why things are the way they are instead of simply excusing the status quo.
Simi talked to Paul Palango, a consistent and accurate RCMP critic over many years. Police leaders have arrived and departed with almost nothing changing but Palango has been consistent and sincere about the need for change and the ways to improve policing.
Today, RCMP honcho Paulson and Justice Minister Toews (doesn’t he look like someone who needs a chauffeur to get home safely) promise reform, admitting that existing processes have not worked. These are the same processes that Palango has exposed again and again as inadequate, while “justice” managers worked to discredit him.
Again, we’re expected to believe that current legislation is inadequate to manage the national police organization. Commissioner Paulson is warning that even more bad news is coming soon.
The people telling us they are powerless to make things better are the ones responsible for legislation that defines the police force.
Strange? Of course.
Dishonest? Of course.