Following is an excerpt from the September 14, 1998 transcript of the RCMP Public Complaints Commission hearings, ongoing in Vancouver, into the allegations of excessive force by the RCMP during the 1997 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum protests. For full transcripts, see http://www.canuck.com/rose/trans.
[page 46 of the testimony]
MR. JAGGI SINGH:
6 And I'd like to make a final point, 7 which is just a point of irony, I guess. 8 Students and other people protesters 9 were pepper sprayed at UBC in November of 1997, and 10 we've gotten a lot of attention and what happened there 11 was wrong. Nobody denies that. 12 But, I'd like to point out that in 1995 13 indigenous people in this province had bullets aimed at 14 them, and there's been no inquiry into that, at 15 Gustafson Lake. 16 Moreover, a lot of the same officers who 17 were responsible for that -- that incident, are 18 involved in this, specifically Peter Montague, who made 19 the quote "smear campaigns are our specialty." 20 And I certainly will be trying, along 21 with others, to try to bring some focus to the fact 22 that there's a -- there's a double standard at work 23 here that's disgusting. 24 Thank you.
"Is there anyone who can help us with a disinformation or smear
campaign?"..."Smear campaigns are our specialty."
"It was necessary that the public perceived a continued threat from the
people in the camp."
BC Premier Glen Clark