June 14, 2005

Back To Fort Whoop Up

One would think that with all the newly announced billions and billions of funding for the RCMP and other security enhancements from the Libranos, that there might be an actual strengthening of policing in border areas of the western prairies - where it is possible to cross virtually anywhere by virtue of miles of unfenced fields, unarmed customs agents and a sparse rural population.

Today a letter has been leaked that the Calvert NDP (no doubt smarting from the electoral smackdown the rural region delivered in the last election) have approved RCMP detachment closures in Climax, Eastend and eventually, other small rural towns and RM's in the Southwest and elsewhere. Buildings and offices will be closed and personnel will be redeployed and transferred elsewhere. (info via Rawlco radio)

The history that began with the NorthWest Mounted Police has come full circle. So, if you're thinking of smuggling arms and other prohibited whatnot into Canada, the historic route to Fort Whoop Up has just been re-opened.

Liveblogging : Frank Quennell, Sask Justice Minister is now being interviewed - the reason for the closures is due to the primary concern of the RCMP for officer safety and unavailability of backup in one-person detachments in rural Saskatchewan. See the earlier comment about the disconnect between announced funding and staffing levels.

That's reassuring for the people who live there, I'm sure.

He finally admits that his office gave approval to the RCMP request without any advance notice or discussion with any of the communities impacted. In other words, Saskatchewan Justice was planning to let the RCMP break the news locally.

Posted by Kate at June 14, 2005 3:56 PM

Does this mean that Davis and Karen are going to lose their jobs in Dog River?

Posted by: Shabbadoo at June 14, 2005 4:08 PM

Good one Shabbadoo! FYI Kate, there's nobody home at Fort Whoop-Up right now either.

"Areas downstream of the torrent such as Lethbridge were preparing for rising water levels by closing access to the Oldman River and by moving historical artifacts from the Fort Whoop-Up interpretive centre to higher ground."

It's not often a Lethbridge blogger can provide relevant local information. :)

Posted by: Matt at June 14, 2005 4:18 PM

So will the officers be redeployed along the Alberta border to keep those scary conservatives out? Or will they just circle the wagons around Regina?

Posted by: kakola at June 14, 2005 4:20 PM

I'd hate to see Davis and Karen lose their jobs, that's a great show (Corner Gas IS a documentary, isn't it?).

(and no, we don;t get it down here - I have to download it)

Posted by: Jay at June 14, 2005 4:42 PM

The lack of adequate funding for front-line rural RCMP is a disgrace, especially considering Paul Martin's recent multi-billion dollar bribery spree in Ontario.

Maybe the west can keep the RCMP and it's proud traditions, and Ontario can keep the hand-picked imposters who betray the uniform in exchange for Liberal largesse.

Posted by: EBD at June 14, 2005 9:31 PM

I see this as a very positive action.

Bananada is vacating any logical arguement that we need to be protected from the wild-eyed Americans.

Two outcomes can flow from this, expand the removal of the RCMP and let the US do a proper job of securing the border (this will be very bad for Bananada) or with a bit of luck the USA will start pre-empting whole sections of western Bananada. (I can only wish) Of course in true socialist fashion it may be the preliminary action related to returning free passge to the aboriginals and the eventual return of all lands.

Since Bananada does not function as a a democratic country perhaps any of these options are better than the status quo.

Posted by: Cascadian at June 14, 2005 9:45 PM

Better believe it- they will shut down all the border posts and move them to Ottawa. (JTF2 are already there). Hmmmmmm.

Posted by: dave at June 14, 2005 9:45 PM

JTF when I was in meant "Joint Task Force". Sometimes it meant for example army/navy working together, it could mean all four branches, sometimes it meant including foreign forces (yes, JTF is a widely expandable definition).

But what is meant by your mentioning of JTF? I thought Canada reduced their forces to just - well, "Canadian Forces" and the CF included everything? So where's the "joint" part?

Of course this could just be me being stupid again, but I'm curious what you meant.

Posted by: Jay at June 14, 2005 11:08 PM

Jay...JTF means Joint Task Force...sorta like your SEALS or Rangers. They are supposed to be an elite unit,ready to respond to any crisis anywhere. The men of this unit ARE elite,but unforunately,they could not respond to a bad date in Perth,which is just outside of their HQ.You see,we have no lift/transport capability left in our forces.Remember how it took over 3 weeks to deploy them to Indonesia after the tsunami? Oh,the politicos said there was red tape to clear and protocol to follow.BS!! We couldn't get them there because we had to beg civilian resources for the transport! The U.S. was busy in Iraq,and the Russians wanted bucks up front.How dare they!The only good thing is that the rest of the world realizes our Forces are trying there best with both hands tied behind their backs.I am ex-military and make no mistake,the socialists now running this country see all military as a threat,and will slowly and surely dismantle it,with the complacent agreement of the populace.

Posted by: fubar at June 14, 2005 11:37 PM

Obviously "red tape" wasn't the issue - the Aussies were there the day after and the US was there a day or two after that.

But what was the "joint" part of the JTF? Or if that's just your phrase for "Special Forces", okay, never mind.

Posted by: Jay at June 14, 2005 11:48 PM

If I'm reading this post correctly, Kate, you're implying that the closure of the RCMP posts will leave our borders even more defenseless than they already are.

That can't be right. I've heard the Screecher say, repeatedly and with great pitch, how "very very very important" Canadian security is to this Liberal government.

It must just be a small misunderstanding.

Posted by: Candace at June 15, 2005 12:06 AM

So, what's to worry? Those terrorist masterminds ain't as bright as some people like to think. Remember Ahmed Rassim, the rocket scientist who got caught at the border on his way to blow up LAX? Dumbass couldn't read a map. Went to LA from Montreal via Vancouver with a trunk load of explosives. Too thick to figure out that tricky left at Medicine Hat, over to Lethbridge, and left again. I guess that's what the Canadian government is counting on. Better hope the bad guys don't ever hear about Rand-McNally.

Posted by: Bill Greenwood at June 15, 2005 12:54 AM

Speaking of JTF...joint ..whatever task force, roll another one Harvey(my imaginary friend)!

To defend your property or stash of ..whatever, buy your ammo same way you buy your the parking lot near a "watering hole".

Daytime is fine but for those of us whose lifestyles cause us a bit of healthy paranoia, the night sales, oops I mean transactions give a teeny bit more security to those who well think they're out to get us! Mary walsh it's your turn.......urp...ere...

Posted by: eastern paul at June 15, 2005 2:36 AM

Ohmagod!! The Martin Mounties off the gun control regime?? Who will harass widows,ranchers, gopher hunters and trappers for their unregistered Cooey .22s???

There'll be blood in the streets I tell you...we evil Canadians can't be trusted. Without constant survailence from the Martin Mounties we'll turn Yakee overnight.

Anarchy! Anarachy!!

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at June 15, 2005 10:54 AM

If Sask wasn't so fed reliant they would have had a proper contingent of provincial police you can charge to enforce the statutes most important to your local constituency. The mounted are taking the roll of Ottawa's policy enforcement.

Frankly I can't wait until their contract is up with the Alberta govt. so we can go to a proper APP force that is under control of the local government.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at June 15, 2005 10:58 AM

Announce one thing- do something else entirely,(that saves money). While at the same time, screwing the war-vets, the pensioners, the tainted-blood victims, and everybody else- where is the money going? (Easy: hire more governmint flunkies, buy more votes.)

Posted by: dave at June 15, 2005 1:26 PM