Nunavut MLA wondering why RCMP is moving its emergency response team out of territory

An MLA in Nunavut has been asking a lot of questions about why the RCMP has moved its emergency response team 2,000 km from Iqaluit to Montréal to the south.

Editors Note: According to the RCMP, the force is not moving to Montréal but using members for its ERT from Yellowknife, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montréal for the past three years. 

Kent Driscoll
APTN National News

An MLA in Nunavut has been asking a lot of questions about why the RCMP has moved its emergency response team 2,000 km from Iqaluit to Montréal to the south.

“We should have a discussion as to what the hell is going on,” said MLA Paul Okalik. “This is a very bad sign of a bureaucratic government, and that’s not what Nunavut was meant to be.”

The move comes as the Nunavt RCMP dealt with a busy week including a hostage taking.

The RCMP blames a lack of qualified Mounties as the problem.

APTN contacted the RCMP to comment on the issues but calls were not returned.

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Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.

2 thoughts on “Nunavut MLA wondering why RCMP is moving its emergency response team out of territory

  1. We want to pay the lowest price possible and expect the Cadillac of policing with all specialized services. Not realistic. Nobody wants to transfer there as the job itself and living conditions are terrible.

  2. Why does Nunavut have a hard time? Imagine Poland only getting groceries once a year. Imagine calling the cops on Sweden and being told ” they will fly in from Holland”. Imagine Norway with a total of a thousand or so professionals nurses teachers, doctors etc. ” Oh that’s ridiculous”. Yeah. In other news, Winnipeg emergency services will now be administered from Montreal as well – said no one, ever. It’s an EMERGENCY. URGENT. IMPORTANT. NEED HELP NOW. noracismherelookawayfireworksoohpretty

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