As Tommy Douglas called for probe of RCMP surveillance, Mounties spied on him The Canadian Press – OTTAWA – “Newly declassified records from the early 1960s show that even as Tommy Douglas called for a probe of RCMP spying, the Mounties were actively investigating the national NDP leader’s political sympathies.
Douglas pointed in April 1963 to the case of a Regina woman who was regularly interrogated by the RCMP, noting the top Mountie had dismissed her story as fiction. He pushed for a special Commons committee to look into the matter.
“The tendency to label innocent people as Communists or bad security risks without any opportunity for them to be heard has gone far enough,” he declared.
That very month, the newly disclosed pages show, RCMP intelligence officials were drafting secret memos casting suspicion on Douglas’s own activities — including the politician’s correspondence with the Communist Party of Canada in Saskatoon.
Just weeks earlier, a Mountie constable quietly investigating the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians in Vernon, B.C., cited Douglas’ recent visit to the city, apparently drawing on details from an informant who drove the NDP leader to an event at a high school auditorium.
Library and Archives Canada, which now holds the Douglas file, fought for six years to keep the pages secret. They were disclosed to The Canadian Press after a federal judge ordered the archives to review the nine-volume intelligence dossier with an eye to releasing more.
The fragmentary pages help flesh out a key chapter of the RCMP security branch’s long-standing interest in the trailblazing Prairie socialist.”
The RCMP managers, many of whom are cost ineffctive, alcoholics, need all to be kicked out now!