CFN – Fascinating. Looking at the search warrants laid against now former OPPA President Karl Walsh an alleged potential money trail leads to distant lands where banking is a bit friendlier than here in Canada.
Theft, Criminal Breach of Trust, Fraud, Laundering the Proceeds of Crime, Fraudulent Concealment are usually not terms applied to high level OPP Officers or even elected officials.
What spurred me on to run was the opposition leader.
Clearly while the charges against Mr. Walsh have not been proven in court his being terminated by OPPA is not a positive sign. However what’s most intriguing to this case is the back story.
Mr. Walsh was no simple Union Prez. He was a candidate for the Ontario Liberals against Mr. Hudak’s PC Party.
He was directly coming after our way of living.
Clearly Mr. Walsh used his position this past election when OPPA clearly campaigned against Mr. Hudak.
That was the previous provincial election. In the election that just resulted in a Majority Wynne victory much of the credit was due to Mr. Hudak’s bizarre strategy of cutting public sector jobs and union’s stand against him.
In what it describes as an unprecedented move, the Ontario Provincial Police Association has launched an attack ad campaign against Tim Hudak, declaring that the Progressive Conservative leader has plucked his policies from the “Tea Party world” of the United States.
The union representing 6,000 uniformed officers and nearly 3,000 civilian members began airing two 15-second ads Monday. The ads end with the words “We’re here for you. Who’s Tim Hudak here for?”
That quote, from a CBC story during the election begs the question whether the OPP are the right force to investigate any issues related to Queen’s Park and the Liberals in particular after the actions of the OPPA.
“Our association is politically active 365 days a year,” Christie said, highlighting again the difference between the Ontario Provincial Police proper and the labour organization that he heads. The association has been donating money to all three major parties for years, advocates for legislation, and regularly meets with MPPs.
That was from an Ottawa Citizen story.
When looking at Conflict of Interest the optics of potential are considered as much as an actual conflict.
In 2011 Mr. Walsh lost a close race. In 2014 the riding did go Liberal.
The reality is that partisan politics have no place in Policing. The role of fire fighters and police in municipal and provincial elections can literally change the society we live in. Clearly it had an impact on the outcome in 2014. And could anyone blame a reasonable person for questioning any investigation into the government by the OPP when it’s President was radically partisan?
The bigger question is if this investigation, allegations which are being smeared all over the media, will have any impact on how “business is done” after it’s all over.
In the meanwhile the OPPA will have to lick its wounds and deal with repercussions.
Requests for comment were not responded to by OPPA as of press time.
Here is Mr. Walsh’s bio from his political facebook page.
Committed to public service, Karl Walsh has spent a thirty-year career in policing and the military.
A 17-year member of the OPP, Karl was acclaimed to a second term as President of the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) in 2008. In this role he represented over 8,500 uniformed and civilian OPP members providing community-based policing and specialized police services to residents in over 300 municipalities across Ontario.
A strong voice for community safety, he is also a member of the Canadian Police Association Board of Directors, and a former Director with both the Canadian Police Association and Police Association of Ontario. Most recently, Karl has completed a three-year term as a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining the OPP, Karl was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years, including nine months served in post-war Kosovo. Military duties included Sonarman and Ships Diver, general duties with the Military Police, criminal investigations, high-level security background investigations, and criminal intelligence functions.
Karl has completed the Franklin Covey 7 Habits of a Highly Effective People as well as the Speed of Trust. He is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program (2010). For his military service, he received the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Special Service Medal, the UN Peacekeeping Medal, and Kosovo Mission Medal. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
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