According to an internal threat advisory obtained by CBC News, the RCMP was concerned that serving Mounties sympathetic to the recent Ottawa “freedom convoy” could compromise law enforcement operations.
CBC News obtained the internal document as part of an access to information request, which suggests that the RCMP were concerned that some of their own officers could leak operational plans to organizers of the so-called “freedom convoy.”
At the time, it wasn’t outrageous to believe that RCMP operational details could be leaked to protestors. Some key supporters of the convoy included former law enforcement officers, a military intelligence officer, as well as an RCMP officer in charge of security for the prime minister.
It is still unknown if the RCMP’s fears about operational plans leaking to protestors were realized. According to what is known, if the RCMP and Ottawa police had treated these protestors the same way they treat left-wing protestors, the occupation wouldn’t have lasted three weeks.
A public inquiry that was originally scheduled to start later this month but has been delayed until October 13. It will look into the federal government’s rationale for invoking the Emergency Measures Act as well as the police response to last winter’s occupation of downtown Ottawa.