RCMP executive threatened funding for SFU criminology department, professor says

September 7, 2010

An RCMP deputy commissioner has issued a "thinly veiled threat" to withdraw funding from Simon Fraser University's criminology department if its director does not stop criticizing the force, the director alleges. In an e-mail obtained by the Victoria Times-Colonist, the deputy commissioner chastised the director for his comments in the media criticizing the RCMP's investigation into Robert Pickton. The deputy commissioner also questioned the RCMP's role as a key donor for SFU's Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies, housed in the criminology department. In an interview with the Times-Colonist, the deputy commissioner says his comment was in no way intended as a threat to pull funding for the institute. Victoria Times-Colonist