Trucker Leak Allegations: Follow-Up Needed, Ex-Police Chief Says | Commission of Inquiry into the State of Emergency
Cops from the RCMP, OPS, OPP and even CSIS would have briefed the organizers of the convoy during the occupation, according to lawyer Keith Wilson (archives).
Former Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Chief Charles Bordeleau says police need to shed some light on allegations of leaked police information that occurred during the convoy of truck drivers that crippled the downtown Ottawa last winter.
If the confidential information shared relates to an investigation or a plan, it is problematic. If this is true, the police should investigate to determine if there was a leak, the reasons [for the leak], and thus hold the people accountable.
Mr. Bordeleau, however, made a point of qualifying a tad the remarks of the main lawyer for the truckers, Keith Wilson, who testified on Wednesday before the Rouleau commission. Wilson said leaks from the OPS, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) told convoy organizers truckers during their occupation of downtown Ottawa last February.
Me Keith Wilson represented the organizers of the convoy last winter (archives).
Fr at all times, [the convoy leaders] had a high degree of knowledge of the police's operational plans, Mr. Wilson said.
I think it feeds into the discourse [of truckers wanting police officers to be in solidarity with their cause]. This must be taken into consideration, insisted on tempering Mr. Bordeleau at the microphone of the show Les matins d'ici.< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Former Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau (archives)
According to the former head of the SPO, it is also possible that information leaks are sometimes intentional. It is necessary to identify the type of information shared, the sensitivity and if the person has been authorized, because this can be a strategy used by the police.
But if the police have actually disclosed information, without authorization, in order to help truckers, the culprits expose themselves to consequences, he continues.
If it's an officer on duty, it could be a breach of trust under the [Police Services] Act or the Criminal Code.
However, s 'we are talking about a retired police officer, he is immune from said consequences, specifies Mr. Bordeleau, because there is no code to manage retired officers.
Keith Wilson (left), a lawyer representing the organizers of the truckers' protest (file).
There is no jurisdiction [for pensioners]. It only says a lot about their values and ethics, that they are willing to compromise the safety of their colleagues by providing information, he said.
“When a police officer is hired, we rely on his values and his ethics. It is hoped that he will continue to apply the same values in his retirement.
—Charles Bordeleau, former Chief of the Ottawa Police Service
Being retired, Mr. Bordeleau continues to have frequent communication with his former colleagues. However, he makes a point of not putting them in a potentially difficult situation.
I do not put them in a position where they could share confidential information. I don't want them to compromise, he explained.