Mayor thinks RCMP deserve a raise
British Columbia finally inked a deal with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police last month but some local mayors aren’t happy with the 20 year contract.
First the issue was getting more say in how the RCMP operates in B.C. and the latest sticking point is the wage increase.
Mounties are set to receive a 5.25 per cent boost to their wages over the next five years and many in the province aren’t happy with the cost.
Councilors in Terrace B.C., have threatened not to sign the deal and the mayor of Richmond is also skeptical.
However, Campbell River’s mayor has no problem with the deal.
“They’ve had a freeze on their pay recently so it’s time for the RCMP officers to get a raise,” says Mayor Walter Jakeway.
City Hall said it would be much more expensive to create a local police force rather than just stay with the RCMP.
“We’re fine. The City has already made provision for increases,” says Jakeway. “It shouldn’t affect Campbell River too negatively at all.”
B.C. has the largest RCMP force in the country and five other provinces have also signed the deal.
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