RCMP union applies to trademark potential names for a hypothetical Alberta provincial police force — Edmonton Journal
The union representing RCMP officers is trying to throw up a roadblock for the province by seeking to trademark names for a hypothetical provincial police force The Alberta government is still mulling over the idea of creating its own police force and ending its contract with the RCMP. In a...
The union representing RCMP officers is trying to throw up a roadblock for the province by seeking to trademark names for a hypothetical provincial police force.
Online records show that the National Police Federation applied to the Canadian Intellectual Property Offices to trademark “Alberta Police Force,” “Alberta Police Department,” “Alberta Provincial Police,” “Alberta Police Service,” and “Alberta Provincial Police Service” last February. The applications are still being examined and no date has been set for a decision.
The Alberta government is still mulling over the idea of creating its own police force and ending its contract with the RCMP, something Premier Jason Kenney has said would allow for officers who are more familiar with the community where they work. The union claims the move to a provincial police force would end up end up costing more for less service.
In a written statement, National Police Service president Brian Sauvé said the union’s move to apply for the trademarks wasn’t made for monetary reasons.
“We don’t believe it should be easy for Premier Kenney to proceed unchallenged along the path of this politically-motivated proposal to replace the RCMP with a new provincial police service — which public polling tells us just isn’t what Albertans want, and continues to lack any transparency and accountability,” he said.
….so…. On that happy note….& on the topic of politically motivated, exactly what roadblocks and hurtles did the RCMP erect with respect to Ontario and the OPP at its inception (?) or the Quebec version of the OPP ‘cuz I’m assuming that’s a thing that exists???? Are these hurtles just for western provinces or Alberta, or is this an “across the board” RCMP strategy & policy?