They say Mounties always get their man — but former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna is going to help get the next top Mountie.

CBC News has learned the federal government has asked McKenna to head a selection committee of up to 10 people who will meet early this summer to begin the process of finding a replacement for Commissioner Bob Paulson, who is retiring on June 30.

The group will be asked to present a short list of candidates from which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will choose Canada’s next top cop.

According to a letter informing some of his colleagues about the process and obtained by CBC News, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that while the RCMP embodies the best of Canada in being upstanding, loyal and committed to the pursuit of justice, the force has major issues that need to be addressed.

“Internal challenges — including abuses of power, allegations of race-related biases, infringements on civil liberties, bullying and workplace harassment — have harmed its reputation and the morale of members,” wrote Goodale.

He added that the selection committee’s terms of reference would be made public soon.


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