From time to time I am sent emails with ideas for my column. In most cases the topics tend to be of a more personal nature and as such I don’t write about the text of the email. However, sometimes some very sound and quite interesting topics hold my attention and in those cases I use the ideas offered as a topic for my column.
The other day I received an email that suggested the RCMP was considering eliminating aptitude tests, vision & hearing standards, and allowing people with criminal records to join the force at the urging of a gender-based analyst.
At first, I considered this to be some kind of joke and as I often enjoy a good joke or tall tale, I simply laughed to myself regarding the email. Sometimes you read something, and you hope that it was all a joke. Then I read it again and again. But as hard as I tried to imagine it away, there it was.
Apparently, it is the latest example of how political correctness, which once may have been about trying to be respectful, has descended into total and outright insanity.
The main reason for such a wild suggestion was to meet ‘staffing’ and ‘gender and inclusion’ goals. I sat back in my chair and spoke out loud, “Are you kidding me?”
The suggestion came as a result of a CBC story about such horrific plans. I checked with the CBC and was informed that yes they did a story on such a topic and stated “The RCMP are taking a radical look at their recruitment strategy and could ditch credit checks and the ban on recruits with criminal backgrounds to help them rebuild their depleted ranks.
It seems the Mounties have been plagued by staffing challenges in recent years and are looking at how to convince more women and visible minorities to join force and wear the red coat. I was told that an internal document, obtained through access to information, suggests credit checks, the criminal background ban, the two-hour aptitude test and long stints at the training depot could all be eliminated from the hiring process as senior ranks try to make a career as a Mountie more attractive.
The CBC also notes that some of the mandatory requirements can create barriers for communities the force wants to attract, including “groups more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system.”
Unsurprisingly, this review exercise is the brainchild of Vaughn Charlton, the director of gender-based-analysis-plus with the RCMP. She was brought over from Status of Women Canada in April 2017 at the request of then-commissioner Bob Paulson and tasked with focusing on gender and inclusion within the force.”
Not to worry it gets worse: “The document also flagged hearing and vision tests and long shifts as potential barriers and questioned the value of the aptitude screening assessment — which, among other things, tests memory, logic, judgment and comprehension.
“I can definitely say we are looking at everything really seriously,” MS Charlton said. “These are questions worth asking and thinking, ‘Are they still relevant criteria in 2019?’”
My mind is screaming what the hell is going on? Why is someone from the Status of Women department now telling the RCMP to get rid of aptitude tests? She is questioning whether ‘vision & hearing’ and ‘memory, logic, judgment and comprehension’ are still ‘relevant criteria’ in 2019?
By now you must be thinking as I was, this is completely insane. At what point will people wake up and realize that political correctness has gone way too far, and is now a mental sickness infecting everything in our society? The RCMP is about keeping people safe and fighting crime and terrorism, not meeting ‘gender goals,’ ‘inclusion goals,’ or lowering basic standards of competence and physical ability. As far as I am concerned lowering those standards – or eliminating them entirely – will severely damage the RCMP and make Canadians less safe.
I am not usually one to make the call for action but, we must stop this insanity. I would suggest everyone of you should spread the word, contact your MP, and make sure that this craziness being pushed by Vaughn Charlton never gets implemented.
And that is how I see things.