Open Letter – June 23rd, 2016

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In our ongoing efforts to be transparent and accountable, the NPF would like to provide further context to questions we have received from members.

The NPF supports the clause in Bill C-7 (Section 238.13 (2)(a)) that states the bargaining agent for members of the RCMP have as its primary mandate the representation of members of the RCMP.

In addition, the NPF supports the clause in Bill C-7 (Section 238.13 (2)(b)) regarding restrictions on affiliation with outside labour groups.

In the spirit of this intention, the NPF has, since its inception, sought assistance only from police associations and advocacy groups. This assistance includes but is not limited to financial assistance and policy guidance.

The NPF made an application to the Mounted Police Members’ Legal Fund (MPMLF) for funding assistance.  The MPMLF was approached as they are a police only group whose objective is to support and defend the dignity and welfare of members of the RCMP. The MPMLF received and considered that application, ultimately approving it by providing an interest bearing loan to the NPF.  The legal agreement between the MPMLF and the NPF stipulates the NPF meet certain conditions.

It is important to note that protocol regarding the By Laws of the MPMLF was followed and appropriate legal counsel was sought by both groups to ensure transparency and the protection of both parties. No Director of the NPF was, at the time of the application, or is currently, a member of the MPMLF Board of Directors. The Board of Directors of the NPF had no say regarding the application presented. The Agreement between the MPMLF and the NPF prevents us from disclosing the details of the loan at this time.  The NPF has committed to full financial disclosure at the first AGM upon certification.

The NPF strongly believes that certification of a bargaining agent must be done by members, for members. This process must not place us in any position, real or perceived, of bias or favouritism to any group or party. To that end, the NPF, has not, and will not, seek any assistance (financial or otherwise) from other public service unions or associations (such as the National Union of Public and General Employees or the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, for example). Nor will the NPF, seek assistance (financial or otherwise) from non-public service associations or unions (such as the United Steel Workers or Unifor for example).  At this early stage, it is up to the members of the RCMP to chart our future without being obliged to other non-police interest groups.

The NPF has made great strides in its brief 13 week history and believes that the framework created is the right choice for members of the RCMP. The NPF, to our knowledge, is the only group incorporated under federal law (the Not for Profit Corporations Act, 2014).  Our articles of incorporation filed with Corporations Canada can be found at www.npf-fpn.com/by-laws. Incorporation under this Act includes many reporting and filing requirements such as annual audits of finances. The NPF will continue to provide all information as stipulated by the Act.

The NPF is evidence and fact based, bringing well-documented and researched positions for the membership to parliament and the Senate. In fact, the NPF has received praise from both houses on the information it has produced to advocate for the membership of the RCMP.  The NPF will continue to provide members of the RCMP, parliamentarians and the public, relevant material, including all submissions to the Parliamentary Committee, House of Commons and the Senate, to read and learn from.  The issues we are tackling are not secret; it is our intention to share our information as widely as possible.  This information will continue to be located on our public Facebook page and through our publicly accessible website at www.npf-fpn.com. The NPF will continue to advance issues by working strategically to advance important issues and make the connections and introductions required to parliamentarians.

The NPF was created on a strong foundation of accountability and transparency with members.  We are growing at a fantastic pace and making promising inroads in Ottawa. The NPF are an inclusive group.  We have been the only group to date to reach out to others to unite; however to no avail. We are the most qualified and experienced within the Labour field and have surrounded ourselves with some of the best police labour minds on our advisory council.

There are many groups wishing to court members of the RCMP to join, we would sincerely hope that all members are asking the same questions of all these groups.

The NPF was created on a strong foundation of accountability and transparency with members. We are growing at a fantastic pace and making promising inroads in Ottawa.

The NPF is the right choice for members of the RCMP to grow into the future.

 

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