RCMP Drop “Mounted” From Name — Now RCP
OTTAWA — In a move that took rank-and-file RCMP officers and Canadians by surprise, the Conservative government announced today that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will no longer be mounted.
The RCMP have become the RCP — the Royal Canadian Police.
“Canadians will still be allowed to still call RCP officers Mounties…they will just no longer have horses,” said Minister of Public Safety The Honourable Steven Blaney to media gathered at Parliament Hill this morning.
“Canada is changing. Having horses associated with our national police no longer reflects our leading role in the global fight against terrorism.”
Reaction to the name change was swift with social media comments strongly ridiculing the move and politicians lining up to attack Prime Minister Harper’s decision.
“What the hell? Where did this come from?” an obviously angry Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said to the Ottawa Citizen.
“Canada is changing? Not in the way most Canadians want. I’m surprised it’s not the RCSP…the Royal Canadian Stephen Police.”
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair issued a statement calling on Canadians to flood the Prime Minister’s office with protest calls, letters, texts and tweets using the hashtag #StayMountedCanada.
“They always get their man and they should be getting Harper for this one.”
The Toronto Star is reporting that all scheduled performances of the famed RCMP Military Ride were cancelled as of midnight last night and that auction notices were posted shortly after by the Prime Minister’s office for the sale of the 103 active RCP black Hanoverian stallions and mares.
The RCMP was formed in 1920 by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (founded in 1873) with the Dominion Police (founded 1868). It employs approximately 29,000 police officers and civilians, and 240 horses on duty and in breeding and training operations.
Prime Minister Harper’s office stated that the French name for the RCP will not change from Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC) and the Prime Minister’s Protective Detail will not be affected as horses are never involved.
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