RCMP records obtained under freedom of information legislation reveal a disturbing relationship between the national police force and corporations. According to a CBC news report, the Joint Intelligence Group, an RCMP-led intelligence team that has extensively spied on community organizations and activists, "made a series of presentations to private-sector corporations, including one to 'energy sector stakeholders' in November 2011. Other corporations that received intelligence from police included Canada’s major banks, telecom firms, airlines, downtown property companies and other businesses seen to be vulnerable to the effects of summit protests." The Council of Canadians and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada demands answers. The public must know:
- Why is the RCMP spying on activist groups and then briefing energy corporations and banks?
- What was the 'energy sector stakeholders' meeting held this month?
- Has there been a breach of privacy laws?
- What groups and individuals have been monitored and reported on at RCMP briefings to corporations?
- What corporations specifically have been briefed by the police?