Statement by the Prime Minister on the resignation of RCMP Commissioner Zaccardelli

Ottawa, Ontario
6 December 2006

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement concerning the resignation of RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli:

“Today, Commissioner Zaccardelli submitted his resignation to me, and I have accepted it, effective December 15th, 2006.  The Commissioner has indicated to me it would be in the best interests of the RCMP to have new leadership, as this great organization faces the challenges of the future.

“A process for replacing the Commissioner will be established.  In the interim, an acting commissioner will be named shortly.

“I would like to thank the Commissioner for his long and dedicated service to the RCMP and to his country. 

“The RCMP is one of the most respected and important institutions in Canada.  It is important that the men and women of the RCMP know that they continue to have the full confidence of the Government of Canada as they work tirelessly to keep Canadians safe and secure.”