The RCMP withheld research demonstrating Canadians are dissatisfied with Commissioner Brenda Lucki.
Although the survey is dated February 16, 2018, it was released to the public on November 2, 2020. The Financial Administration Act requires taxpayer-funded research to be made public within six months of completion. RCMP paid Ekos Research Associates $74,947 for the poll of 3,033 Canadians nationwide.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter:
“Researchers said most people considered the RCMP to be professional and trustworthy though a large minority did not. Asked if they agreed with the statement, “RCMP personnel are honest,” sixty-six percent agreed.
Fewer had confidence in Commissioner Lucki. Asked if they agreed, “The RCMP has effective national leaders”, only 48 percent agreed. Nineteen percent disagreed. Thirty-three percent had no opinion. The poll did not identify Commissioner Lucki by name.
Asked if they agreed, “The RCMP is a forward-looking, innovative organization,” 55 percent disagreed or had no opinion. In other findings:
• Asked if they agreed, “The RCMP is a forward-looking, innovative organization,” 55% disagreed or had no opinion;
• Asked, “The RCMP provides Canadians with adequate information,” 59% disagreed or had no opinion;
• Asked, “The RCMP is an open and transparent organization,” 63% disagreed or had no opinion.
Lucki was appointed by Justin Trudeau in 2018. A 31 year veteran of the force at the time, Lucki is the first permanent female commissioner of the RCMP.