The federal government's announcement that it will establish an external board of civilian advisors to oversee the RCMP is seen as a step in the right direction by some former staffers — many of them former female Mounties — who complained of sexual harassment at the national force.
Others, however, have expressed concern about the makeup of the advisory board, with one former officer worried some may be former Mounties.
Walter Kosteckyj, a lawyer for B.C. Mountie Susan Gastaldo in a harassment suit against the force, welcomed the move, saying the RCMP must show that bad behaviour will not be tolerated.
"I think part of the way of fixing the culture is to actually go back, reinvestigate some of these matters and make people responsible that were involved in these improprieties."