I’m left even more puzzled by the explanation provided by Calgary Police Chief Jack Beaton for his trip last week to the People’s Republic of China.
Beaton told Calgary listeners of QR77 that he was amazed that members of the National Police didn’t speak English. He said that going over, he expected about half the force would speak English. No, really, he actually said that.
So, what other reason could there be for saying something that blindingly naive?
He says he was over there on behalf of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Okay. Who paid? The Chiefs or the taxpayers of Calgary?
The trip was, ostensibly, having to do with “community policing” and Beaton was going to do some recruiting and “spreading the message” while in the most populous communist country on Earth.
Community policing huh? That to me sounds as dubious as recruiting for a Canadian Police Service in a corrupt, communist country with a largely peasant population that is for the most part, uneducated and monolinguistic.
In China, the National Police are the enforcement arm of a totalitarian state whose citizens are not allowed to exercise any of the basic freedoms we cherish in Canada.
Community policing? Give me a break.
So, what is this really all about? I don’t know, but it smells a whole lot like a poorly thought-out justification for a public servant globe-trotting on a meaningless junket.