Justice minister receives report from independent commission

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HALIFAX – Justice Minister Ross Landry has received the report from the independent commission asked to review the RCMP's involvement with Nicole Doucet.

Landry referred the case to the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP in February, after public concerns about the RCMP's handling of Doucet's calls for help. The independent report shows the RCMP acted in accordance with all of its policies and procedures in responding to calls from Ms. Doucet and her then-husband Michael Ryan.

"I accept the findings of the independent commission that the RCMP acted appropriately in their many interactions with this family," said Landry. "It's clear that this family was struggling with serious issues that had very serious consequences."

Doucet was acquitted of counselling to commit murder in 2010. In January, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the acquittal but ordered a stay of proceedings.

"The circumstances in this case have been thoroughly reviewed - by the highest court in Canada, the RCMP, and now the independent Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP," said Landry. "Conflict has a far-reaching and devastating impact on families. This case is a reminder for all of us to work together to help struggling families."

The commission is an independent agency created by Parliament to ensure public complaints about the RCMP are examined fairly and impartially. It is not part of the RCMP. For more information, and a copy of the report and news release, visit www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx .

Organizations: RCMP, Commission for Public Complaints, Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: Canada

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