A “specific timeline” for 100 new RCMP officers to arrive in Surrey has become suddenly muddled.
Surrey mayor Linda Hepner just last week “It is actually a pretty specific timeline. The contract requires them, once the Feds have approved them, to be within 12 months.”
However Public Safety minister Steven Blaney would not provide anything remotely resembling a specific timeline when asked repeatedly about when those officers would arrive by opposition MPs in the House of Commons.
So CKNW asked his office if the mayor of Surrey was right and the 100 new officers have to be in place within a year.
The reply from Public Safety ran down Tory talking points.
At the end of the rhetoric touting government efforts to fight crime and taking a swipe at the NDP was the sentence “The RCMP is working with the City of Surrey to ensure that officers arrive as readily as they become available. ”
CKNW sent another email reiterating our unanswered questions and adding a new one asking for a specific timeline.
We did not get a response.
Blaney signed off on the 100 new RCMP officers just last week.
It was in response to a series of shootings killing one person in Surrey since March, with bullets flying as recently as last Sunday night.
The full statement from a spokesperson at the Public Safety ministry is below.
”Our Government has taken strong action to keep British Columbians and all Canadians Safe.
We are pleased to approve the request for 100 additional RCMP officers in Surrey to combat the senseless gang violence.
It is our Conservative Government that passed tough new laws to clean up our streets and put gang members behind bars where they belong. We have passed over thirty new tough-on-crime measures, including new prison sentences for drive by shootings and imposing mandatory minimum prison terms for the use of firearms in the commission of crime. The NDP consistently voted against these measures.
The RCMP is working with the City of Surrey to ensure that officers arrive as readily as they become available. “