And if the RCMP’s previous skills at wiping computer data are any indication, it’ll take some guy down at Mom’s Basement Computers about half an hour to find those records.
OTTAWA – Allegations of RCMP wrongdoing related to the illegal destruction of long run registry records have been referred to the police for investigation.
It’s the latest twist in an unprecedented battle between the Conservative government and an independent officer of parliament whose job is to safeguard Canadians’ access to government records.
Information commissioner Suzanne Legault issued a special report last week revealing she’d recommended in March that charges be laid against the RCMP for the destruction of long-gun registry records that were part of an active investigation.
The Harper government responded by retroactively rewriting the law, backdating the changes and burying the amendment in an omnibus budget bill it introduced earlier this month.
Legault calls that a “perilous precedent” that could be used by governments to retroactively rewrite laws on everything from spending scandals to electoral fraud.
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