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Does the RCMP have an issue with systemic racism? Poll says 'yes'

Last Updated Jul 7, 2020 at 10:14 am CDT

RCMP officers dressed in red serge lead the Canada Day parade in Dawson City, Yukon, Sunday, July 1, 2018. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police noticed that when it came to rank-and-file members showing an interest in being promoted to officers, fewer women than men were putting their hands up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

75% polled say RCMP has systemic racism issue

Of the 75%, 40% say RCMP can fix it, 35% are doubtful the force can make change on its own

Men, people living in prairies were less likely to say there was a bias

OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Canadians overwhelmingly believe the national police force has an issue with systemic racism, a new poll suggests.

However, not as many people were confident that the necessary changes would be made if it was left up to the Mounties themselves.

The Nanos Research survey, done for the Globe and Mail, found 75 per cent of Canadians believe the RCMP has an issue with implicit biases. Fourteen per cent said there was no systemic racism and the other 12 per cent was unsure.

Only 40 per cent of those who said there was an issue also said they believe the force can fix the issue itself. About a third–35 per cent–were doubtful RCMP would make appropriate changes.

Those living in the prairies were less likely to say the RCMP had an issue with racism. Women were more likely to say there was a bias over men.

In June, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki acknowledged a problem with racism in the force.