Giuliano Zaccardelli

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Giuliano Zaccardelli

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Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
In office
September 2, 2000 – December 15, 2006
Preceded byJoseph Murray
Succeeded byBev Busson (interim)
Personal details
Born1946/1947 (age 71–72)[1]
Prezza, Italy

Giuliano Zaccardelli, COM (born c. 1947) is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer who was the Commissioner of the RCMP from 2 September 2000 to 15 December 2006. Zaccardelli's departure from the RCMP was linked to the force's involvement in the Maher Arar Affair. He was subsequently impugned during inquiries into irregularities in the management of the RCMP's pension and insurance fund.

He is now a senior official with Interpol in Lyon, France,[2] heading its OASIS Africa program,[3] which aims to help African police forces more effectively combat international crime.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Zaccardelli was born in Prezza, Italy and immigrated to Canada at age seven. He grew up in the Montreal area, mainly in Saint Leonard.[citation needed]

Zaccardelli joined the RCMP in 1970 and was posted to St. Paul, Alberta following recruit training. He was transferred to Toronto in 1974, and then in 1981 to Calgary. He became an officer in 1986 and served in Ottawa and New Brunswick. In 1993, he became Chief Superintendent in charge of Criminal Operations in Quebec. In 1995, he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and he was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 1998, responsible for National Headquarters. In 1999, he became the Deputy Commissioner, Organized Crime and Operational Policy. From 2 September 2000 to 15 December 2006 he served as the 20th Commissioner of the RCMP. He presided over the RCMP during changes made to Canada's policing, security and military apparatus after 11 September 2001. Prior to his departure he collected numerous Canadian honours and two foreign honours.

Controversy over income trust file[edit]

In late 2005 the status of income trusts was uncertain. After the close of the markets on 23 November 2005, Finance Minister Ralph Goodale made a surprise announcement that the government would not tax the trusts, and would instead cut dividend taxes. This made trusts and dividend paying stocks even from a taxation perspective. The markets rallied in the hours leading up to the announcement by the government allegedly due to leaks.[5] During the following days, the S&P/TSX Composite Index reached a new five-year high. The day's biggest gainers were income trusts, income-trust candidates, high dividend-paying companies, and the TSX Group itself. The minority Liberal government of Paul Martin fell to a motion of no confidence on 28 November 2005. An election campaign for a 23 January 2006 election began the next day. Near the end of December, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced a criminal investigation into the leaking of news of a federal tax change for income trusts.[6][7] The announcement came in the form of a letter from Zaccardelli to New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Judy Wasylycia-Leis. The RCMP came under criticism for announcing the probe during the campaign.[8] The matter was investigated by the CPC the external review body of RCMP members' conduct. The report of the commissioner concluded that there was no evidence to suggest Zaccardelli deliberately meddled with the electoral process. The chair of the CPC judged Zaccardelli and other RCMP members having acted in an inappropriate manner by not cooperating with the external investigation.[9]

Controversy over Maher Arar file[edit]

Zaccardelli's role in the affair of computer engineer, Maher Arar had been the subject of intense speculation and controversy. Arar, a Canadian citizen who was born in Syria, was stopped at a New York airport on his way home from a vacation in September 2002. United States officials accused him of links to al-Qaeda and deported him to Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured for months.[10] The decision to deport Arar was said to be based on inaccurate and misleading information provided by the RCMP that suggested Arar was linked to the militants.[10] Members of the House of Commons Committee on Public Safety and National Security have called Zaccardelli's testimony in this matter "contradictory", with Liberal MP Mark Holland saying "We've now got Mr. Zaccardelli in my opinion perjuring himself before a parliamentary committee." The contradictions were with respect to what he knew at the time and what he told government ministers.[10] Zaccardelli resigned from his post as Commissioner on 6 December, effective 15 December 2006. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in the House of Commons that Zaccardelli had resigned. "Today, Commissioner Zaccardelli submitted his resignation to me and I have accepted it," Harper said. "The commissioner has indicated to me that it would be in the best interests of the RCMP to have new leadership as this great organization faces challenges in the future."[11] Zaccardelli became the first commissioner in the history of the RCMP to be forced to resign because of controversy.[12]

Before Zaccardelli's resignation, on September 28, 2006, he issued an apology to Arar and his family during the House of Commons committee on public safety and national security:

Mr. Arar, I wish to take this opportunity to express publicly to you and to your wife and to your children how truly sorry I am for whatever part the actions of the RCMP may have contributed to the terrible injustices that you experienced and the pain that you and your family endured.[13]

Arar thanked Commissioner Zaccardelli for his apology but lamented the lack of concrete disciplinary action against those individuals whose actions led to his detention and subsequent torture.[14]

Controversy over RCMP's pension and insurance plans[edit]

In March 2007, RCMP officers testified before the Public Accounts Committee that they had grave questions about the handling of the funds and that they believed senior officers were to blame. They alleged fund misappropriation and nepotism and that senior RCMP management covered up the problems.[15] In testimony before the Committee, Zaccardelli rejected accusations that he was involved in a cover up of alleged irregularities, fraud and abuse involving the RCMP's pension and insurance plans.[16]


Zaccardelli was awarded the following medals and commendations during his policing career:

CAN Order of Merit of the Police Forces Commander ribbon.svg Commander Order of Merit of the Police Forces 2002
Order of St John (UK) ribbon -vector.svg Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem Unknown
CAN 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal ribbon.svg 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal 1992
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
RCMP Long Service Medal ribbon.svg Royal Canadian Mounted Police Long Service Medal Unknown
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Légion d'honneur (Officer) 2003
SCM ribbon.png Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan 2005
ACM ribbon.png Alberta Centennial Medal 2005
ITA OMRI 2001 GUff BAR-2.png Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Grand Officer) 2005


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  5. ^ Bloomberg (29 December 2005). "Goodale Denies Leak, Says He Won't Resign Amid RCMP Probe". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 25 August 2005. Retrieved 16 April 2007.
  6. ^ CBC News. "The Income Trusts Probe". Canada Votes 2006. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 1 November 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  7. ^ Canadian Press (22 January 2006). "Income trust a major campaign turning point". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  8. ^ Globe and Mail (29 March 2007). "RCMP scandals and setbacks since 2006". Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2007.
  9. ^ "Income trust report finds no proof of RCMP wrongdoing". CBC News. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "RCMP's embattled chief quits over Arar testimony". CBC News. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2006.
  11. ^ "RCMP's embattled chief quits over Arar testimony". CBC News. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2006.
  12. ^ Book : Mafia Inc.: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan by André Cédilot and André Noël, Les Éditions de l'Homme, chapter 16
  13. ^ "RCMP chief apologizes to Arar for 'terrible injustices'". CBC News. 2006-09-28. Archived from the original on May 13, 2007.
  14. ^ "Arar thanks RCMP chief for apology". CBC News. 2006-09-29. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007.
  15. ^ "RCMP officers accuse top ranks of coverup". CBC News. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2007.
  16. ^ "Zaccardelli denies coverup in RCMP pension fund scandal". CBC News. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2007.

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Joseph Murray
Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Succeeded by
Beverley Busson (Interim Commissioner)