Former Yukon MP Audrey McLaughlin is calling the new RCMP reality TV show “a bad idea gone, well, badder.”
McLaughlin has written a letter to Commissioner Bob Paulson at RCMP National Headquarters in Ottawa raising concerns about the show currently being filmed in Whitehorse. (See the full letter on p. 6.)
McLaughlin told the Star today she was walking her dog on Hoge Street in downtown Whitehorse Wednesday evening when she saw a woman being arrested by the RCMP.
“I looked back and I saw a guy with a clipboard crouching behind a vehicle, and then I noticed a sound system and cameras,” she said.
Starting earlier this week, the Yukon RCMP have been filming for a reality TV show, produced by an American television company.
At press time early this afternoon, the RCMP sent out a notification that they have suspended filming until they’ve had an opportunity to discuss recent feed back with the production company. There was no indication how long those discussions might take.
McLaughlin, a former leader of the federal New Democratic Party, said she has no problem with the way the police did their job in arresting the woman.
However, she questions the value of doing that while the cameras are rolling.
The woman was clearly distraught, angry and yelling.
“How can she possibly give permission for them to be filming her?” asked McLaughlin, who was the Yukon’s MP from 1987 to 1997.
Both the RCMP and the production company, True Entertainment, have said publicly if a person does not sign a waiver after he or she is filmed, the footage will never be aired.
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