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Greens applaud Kennedy report

The Green Party of Canada congratulates the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP for straight talk in Tuesday's report on the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport.

Commission Chair Paul Kennedy wrote plainly and strongly in the report, expressing criticisms regarding the way the Taser was used on Dziekanski and suggesting that the RCMP needs to return to a way of dealing with situations by using the least amount of force possible.

The RCMP has said they are awaiting further reports. Unfortunately, Kennedy's term expires in December and he has not been reappointed.

"I was disappointed to hear that the government has ended Kennedy's term even though he was prepared to serve longer," said Green Leader Elizabeth May. "We need an honest citizen advocate in that role -- not someone worried about keeping government happy or helping with cover-ups," said May. "It is a shame that this may be Paul Kennedy's last report. He has done a stellar job."

In March of this year, the Conservative government cut the budget of the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP by nearly half.

"Independent oversight of our public bodies is extremely important and yet we are seeing budget cuts and dismissals and failure to re-appoint people who are speaking out about serious issues. The government needs to realize how important it is to maintain public confidence and the way to do that is not through brush-offs and a business-as-usual attitude, it is through transparency and making changes when necessary," said May.