When Robert Dziekanski died at Vancouver International Airport in 2007 after an altercation with RCMP officers, the sergeant in charge of communicating what turned out to be a false version of those events later pleaded to correct the record, his widow has told an inquest into his death by suicide.
Over the course of three hours on Monday, Sheila Lemaitre told the inquest that some of the information her husband, RCMP Sergeant Pierre Lemaitre, had been given to tell the media was wrong, but he was ordered not to correct it. As a result, he was accused of being “the RCMP liar” and “the RCMP spin doctor.” He was later transferred to the traffic division, a move viewed as a punishment transfer, she said.
The situation exacerbated the depression he had lived with for some time, his wife said.
Sgt. Lemaitre died by suicide on July 29, 2013. He was 55.