September 28, 2017 7:58 am

RCMP Labour Code trial ruling on Moncton shooting expected Friday

Police keep watch on a house as they search for a heavily armed gunman following the shooting of three Mounties in Moncton, N.B., on June 5, 2014.

Marc Grandmaison/ The Canadian Press

Observers say the RCMP’s Labour Code trial stemming from a New Brunswick shooting rampage has laid bare the tensions within Canada’s national police force.

The RCMP has pleaded not guilty to failing to provide officers with the appropriate equipment and training after Justin Bourque’s 2014 shooting spree that left three officers dead and two injured.

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Greg Marquis, a professor at the University of New Brunswick who wrote a book on Canadian policing history, says the trial shone a spotlight on clashes within the force.

The C-8 carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers during the rampage and numerous witnesses – including frontline Mounties – have testified they could have made a difference.

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The weapons were approved for use in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions.

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The defence has argued the RCMP exercised due diligence in implementing the patrol carbine program.

Moncton provincial court Judge Leslie Jackson is expected to hand down his ruling tomorrow morning.

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