Two former members of the RCMP have filed a lawsuit in BC Supreme Court against the force and the attorneys general of B.C. and Canada, alleging a breach of privacy.
Derrick Ross and David Reichert say they are taking a stand that serving members are too intimidated to launch themselves.
They claim the RCMP unlawfully accessed their confidential counselling records without their knowledge.
Reichert says the RCMP’s culture discriminates against Mounties who seek psychological help.
“The only thing they can take away from me now is my birthdate. They’ve already tried everything else and I’m retired. But the members that are working? They are afraid and they should be because I’ve seen the actions of the members before.”
Among the remedies, the two men want the RCMP to stop the unauthorized use of their medical records.
None of the allegations have been proven in court and a statement of defence has not yet been filed.