The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada anticipates change, as the Liberal government says legislation allowing RCMP members to unionize is coming.
Spokesperson Rob Creasser says it means front line RCMP officers will finally have a voice.
“Well it will probably be somewhat similar to the Ontario Provincial Police model. Front line members of the RCMP are going to have a much stronger voice in terms of equipment, training, benefits, salaries, and all of that.”
As for what a unionized RCMP will mean for the bottom line of municipalities.
“I would expect that you are probably going to see costs go up. I think that is because the federal government previously have undersold RCMP services to the contract provinces especially. I think you may see some increased costs.”
Last January the Supreme Court gave the federal government one year to table legislation allowing Mounties to organize.