Less Than Half of the Residents in High River, Alberta, Trust the RCMP

Canada’s National Firearms Association
Canada’s National Firearms Association
Canada’s National Firearms Association
Canada’s National Firearms Association

Montreal, QC -(AmmoLand.com)- A poll sponsored by Canada’s National Firearms Association shows that residents of High River, Alberta, still do not trust the RCMP to protect them and their property in the event of an emergency evacuation.

This is the fourth poll sponsored by Canada’s NFA that shows the public trust has been eroded by the actions of the RCMP when in 2013 they illegally seized firearms from residents’ homes that had been evacuated due to flooding.

The question, which was put to a sample of residents on September 6, asked “Knowing what you do now, if there were another emergency evacuation order in High River, as there was during the 2013 floods, would you trust the RCMP to protect your home and property?”

Thirty-nine percent (39%) said they would not trust the RCMP, seventeen percent (17%) said they were doubtful, and only forty-four (44%) said they would trust the RCMP.

“More than one-third (38%) of the sample have clearly lost their faith in the RCMP. That’s impressive!” says Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus at the Beedie School of Business and the Institute for Urban Canadian Research Studies at Simon Fraser University. “And another 17% are doubtful. Less than half the sample trusts the RCMP.”

During the flooding members of the RCMP kicked in hundreds of doors, causing $2.3 million in damages to more than 2,000 homes. Entering these homes and illegally confiscating firearms led to a special investigation by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.

The Commission’s final report found that “…the RCMP wrongly seized firearms which were safely stored. In addition, the Commission found that the RCMP failed to report the seizures to a justice as required by the Criminal Code.”

“Most significantly, in the context of public concern, the Commission found that, at the time, the RCMP lacked a comprehensive policy on emergency management. Similarly, ineffective public communications were found to be the result of inadequate policies, insufficient training, poor planning, under-resourcing and a lack of coordination.” – Final Report by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.

“This is a serious problem that is not going away,” says NFA president Sheldon Clare. “The RCMP’s actions have caused residents of High River to lose trust, with some polls showing they wouldn’t answer an emergency evacuation – that’s a serious public safety issue that needs to be addressed immediately.”

“It’s up to the federal and provincial governments to restore their trust before the next flood or evacuation occurs.” Mr. Clare concluded.

Canada’s National Firearms Association is this country’s largest and most effective advocacy organization representing the interests of firearms owners and users.

Other polls sponsored by the NFA in regards to the illegal seizure of firearms in High River, Alberta:

  • http://new.nfa.ca/media-release-poll-shows-half-of-high-river-residents-want-judicial-inquiry/
  • http://new.nfa.ca/public-believes-police-actions-at-high-river-unnecessary-3/
  • http://new.nfa.ca/poll-of-high-river-residents-shows-a-dismal-lack-of-trust-in-rcmp-2/

For more information contact:

Blair Hagen, Executive VP Communications, 604-753-8682 [email protected]
Sheldon Clare, President, 250-981-1841 [email protected]

En français:

Francis Tenta, [email protected]

Canada’s NFA toll-free number: 1-877-818-0393
NFA Website: www.nfa.ca

About Canada’s National Firearms Association:

Canada’s National Firearms Association is this country’s largest and most effective advocacy organization representing the interests of firearms owners and users.

For more information, visit: www.nfa.ca.

  • 7 thoughts on “Less Than Half of the Residents in High River, Alberta, Trust the RCMP

    1. That happened in the US. Emergency evacuation and the police took the citizens guns. Believe it was New Orleans. The governments are out of control. Taking the citizens only defense is unconscionable. NWO in action. AKA EVIL.

    2. That’s the first thing the globalists think of in an emergency, “Round up all the guns.”

      Never let a crisis go to waste.

    3. There has been a slow creeping mind-set with Governmental authorities in Canada and America that military/police can simply kick in your door and behave like home invaders…IF,,,,times really become frantic or worse I feel that our military and police will follow orders of some bureaucrat telling them to “kick in” doors, confiscate whatever they want thus ignoring our constitution and bill of rights..

      It will at that time the military/police will have to make a decision, act/follow orders like the Nazi’s did trying to deflect responsibility from themselves after the fact…Will they side with the citizens or behave like Nazi’s and destroy lives, and probably some of them will also be destroyed..

      Why not act first and ask you sheriff, police chief, mayor or Governor what they would do in an emergency. If they say “well we will have to bring order by confiscating weapons/food/medicines that is a good time to tell that person to go to hell and we, the citizens will then be in charged of our town our state and our country. We do not need to be treated as “subjects” and will SHOOT back with extreme prejudice.

      The nine principles of policing is ,,they were hired by the citizens but the citizens did not give up their rights to policing either! #7 states (Robert Peel architect of English police process) “The police are the public and the public are the police”! Many times police are placed on a pedestal likewise the public are demoted to a lower rung on the ladder where it is assumed incapable to handle responsibility and unworthy of trust..Citizens in certain neighborhoods are placed even lower..

      WE give the police this authority , we do not remove that authority from ourselves.

    4. Ok, I get it as to why these Canadians don’t trust THEIR police to protect them. What I DON’T understand is why Americans are so trusting of their police. There are UNDISPUTED instances of their falsifying reports to incriminate citizens. There are ample video recordings of them being little more than brutish thugs who carry a badge & a gun. There is ample evidence of their protecting one another w/their “Code of Silence”; to the detriment of justice for innocent American citizens. If the Canadians are to be praised for THEIR understanding what their police are all about, then what’s wrong w/us? WHY do some Americans just blindly believe anything that the police say, or do? Are we dumber than the Canadians?

      1. WHY do some Americans just blindly believe anything that the police say, or do?
        You should also ask yourself why some Americans believe the lies that are made up about the police.

        There are ample video recordings of them being little more than brutish thugs who carry a badge & a gun.
        Where is the video with Michael Brown’s hands in the air saying don’t shoot to Officer Wilson? You can bet someone was recording the incident between Brown and Wilson but it was not in Brown’s favor so it never surfaced. I have seen videos of cops doing their jobs dealing with thugs all across America just like you but not ONE recording of Brown versus Wilson.

        You should thank the law of this land for protecting your innocent thugs from society. If there was zero cops and no law in this country you would have a lot of dead thugs and these inner city gangs would be a thing of the past. Justified brute force and ignorance by law abiding Americans would put a stop to all the lawlessness that the thugs do on a daily basis. People in America could go anywhere they wanted at any time of the night without having fear of being raped, robbed, murdered or car jacked by your thugs because they would be eliminated. What a great America that would be! The only thing keeping these thugs safe is laws and the police you hate!!

        1. I don’t hate the police-I do hate bad cops, the problem is there as SO DAMN MANY of them!

          That’s your problem, you actually trust all cops; that’s a BIG mistake. I have learned that if they are breathing it’s more than likely they are lying to you.

          I’m hoping you find out the hard way sometime, people like you need to get slammed across the head hard so some sense can be knocked into it.

          1. @Irontiger65 – Sounds like you interact with cops every day. The average person rarely interacts with police at all. So what’s up with that? What lame excuses do you have. By the way lying politicians cause more damage than ‘alleged lying cops. Guys who tell proven lies like “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” and “If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan” or “We’re going to reduce health care premiums by $2500 a year”.

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