First woman to lead RCMP as force struggles with bullying, sexism

A woman is taking the permanent helm of the RCMP for the first time ever, a move Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says will promote gender equality at an organization plagued by complaints of sexual discrimination and workplace bullying. 

Trudeau is confirming the appointment of 31-year veteran Brenda Lucki as the Mounties' new chief commissioner, signalling a culture change at the national police force.

The force has faced a barrage of embarrassing revelations about sexism and sexual misconduct in the ranks, one year after commissioner Bob Paulson apologized for discrimination against female officers and agreed to a $100-million settlement of two class-action lawsuits.

Trudeau says Lucki's appointment will also help advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, support mental wellness across the RCMP and address workplace harassment.

Lucki has contributed to United Nations missions in both the former Yugoslavia and in Haiti, and has served as commanding officer of the RCMP training academy at Regina's Depot division since 2016.

Beverley Busson became the first female RCMP commissioner in 2007 when she took the role on a six-month interim basis.