A civilian RCMP member with a sexual harassment lawsuit against the force says she’s disappointed the federal government appears to have buried a report looking into her case and three others.
Atoya Montague says she was shocked to learn a report by former Auditor General Sheila Fraser into her case and that of Catherine Galliford, Alice Fox and Susan Gastaldo was published quietly on Monday by posting a link posted to the Public Safety Minister’s website.
She says it’s a stark contrast to the way Ralph Goodale spoke publicly about the review on the day the RCMP harassment class action settlement was announced.
“He was counting on that and the recommendations in it to formulate the way forward for the federal government of Canada, so whatever happened to that? Now he’s minimizing it.”
It comes on the day the RCMP watchdog announced a different, scathing report produced by Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP Iain McPhail calling for drastic changes to Canada’s national police force.
Montague says Fraser goes into topics McPhail doesn’t cover, like how the RCMP ends up paying legal fees of officers accused of sexual harassment, while people like her get saddled with huge bills from lawyers.
“I’m remiss, I’m disappointed, I’m shocked. I feel like a serious disservice has been done to the Canadian public who need to hear the full picture and understand exactly what’s going on. Cause we’re talking about their taxpayer money that’s funding all of these reports and reviews,” she says.
Fraser recommends setting up a special unit to investigate harassment, made up of experts who aren’t RCMP members.
Despite her frustration, Montague says she’s happy with the contents of both reports released Monday.
She says she just wants to see the recommendations followed.