OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s national police force announced Wednesday evening that she is stepping down.
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki publicly confirmed her personal decision to retire the statement through a post on the RCMP’s website.
“This was not an easy decision as I love the RCMP and have loved being the 24th Commissioner,” she said in the statement.
“I am so incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead this historic organization and witness first hand the tremendous work being done each and every day by all employees from coast to coast to coast and internationally.”
Her resignation comes on the heels of allegations from June 2022, which claim she pressured investigators of the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting.
It’s alleged Lucki wanted investigators to release information about the weapons used during the shooting to supposedly advance gun laws proposed by the federal government.
Lucki says the Mounties have made great progress meeting expectations, noting her mandate to “modernize and address the RCMP’s internal challenges.”
“This was a significant mandate and with the support of my senior executive team and the commitment of all RCMP employees, we’ve accomplished a lot,” said Lucki.
“I’m so proud of the steps we’ve taken to modernize – to increase accountability, address systemic racism, ensure a safe and equitable workplace and advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”
Lucki, who was appointed to the role by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April 2018, said her last day on the job is March 17.
Trudeau took to Twitter on Wednesday night and thanked Lucki for her years of service with the RCMP.
“As you head into your next chapter, I’m wishing you and your family the very best,” he said.
Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Ottawa will now begin the process of appointing the RCMP’s next commissioner.
“We will be searching for an exceptional new leader who will keep our communities safe while advancing the reforms necessary to maintain the confidence of all Canadians,” he said.