The BCCLA is suing RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki for inexcusable delays preventing the release of a civilian watchdog report into RCMP spying on Indigenous and climate advocates.
In February 2014, the BCCLA filed a complaint against the RCMP contending it illegally spied on the democratic activities of organizations and Indigenous nations opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. The complaint further alleged the RCMP improperly shared the information it collected with oil companies and the National Energy Board. The BCCLA argued the RCMP’s secret surveillance created a chilling effect and violated constitutional rights to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and privacy.
The RCMP watchdog, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC), launched an investigation into BCCLA’s complaint in 2014 and completed its interim report in June 2017. It forwarded the interim report to the RCMP Commissioner for response. The CRCC cannot prepare a final report available to the public and the BCCLA until the RCMP Commissioner responds.
Over three years later, the RCMP Commissioner still has not provided her response. The RCMP Act requires the RCMP Commissioner to respond to CRCC interim reports as soon as feasible. In 2019, the RCMP specifically committed to responding to CRCC reports in a 6 month timeline.
The BCCLA’s lawsuit claims the RCMP Commissioner has breached her obligations under the RCMP Act and violated the BCCLA’s Charter right to freedom of expression by failing to respond.
The lawsuit will be heard at the Federal Court of Canada, where the BCCLA is represented by Paul Champ of Champ & Associates and Jessica Magonet of the BCCLA.
- Notice of Application to the Federal Court of Canada
- BCCLA Factum
- CRCC Factum
- 2020 04 02 Canada Affidavit
- 2020 11 17 Affidavit of Trudy Moore
- 2020 11 19 Affidavit of Harsha Walia
- 2020 11 19 CRCC Motion Book for Intervention
- 2021 02 26 O’Malley Cross-Examination Transcript
- 2021 05 14 Respondent’s Factum
- 2021 12 29 Judgement and Reasons
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