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Information about the Canadian Police Association (CPA)

The Canadian Police Association (CPA) is the national voice for 54,000 police personnel across Canada. Membership includes police personnel serving in 200 police services across Canada, from Canada's smallest towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal and provincial police services, and members of the RCMP, railway police, and first nations police personnel. By raising awareness on law enforcement and justice issues, the CPA promotes community safety.

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Charles Momy succeeds Tony Cannavino as president of the CPA

Momy elected new president of Canadian Police Association
August 30, 2008 - Canwest News Service

The president of the Ottawa Police Association, Charles Momy, earned a big promotion today.

Momy was elected president of the Canadian Police Association at the union's annual general meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The CPA is the national voice for 57,000 police personnel serving across Canada.

"The CPA has taken important strides in its development and has brought many of our members' issues to federal politicians since 2003," Momy said. "With the prospect of a federal election around the corner, I will extend the CPA's influence over the national agenda and have politicians and Canadians focus on our priorities."

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Prime Time Politics (CPAC)
November 2003

"The government's proposed decriminaliztion of marijuana has sparked protest from several groups including the Canadian Professional Police Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
We speak with representatives from these groups - Tony Cannavino CPPA President, and Andrew Murie, National Executive Director, MADD Canada, as they explain the rationale behind their opposition."

Supreme Court ruling to uphoid curent laws on possession
December 2003

A compilation of news coverage and interviews regarding the Supreme Court ruling to uphoid cannabis possession laws
, referring the matter back to parliament to resolve.
Tony Cannavino answers questions from reporters regarding the Supreme Court ruling. Advance the video clip to timecode: 12:00 to view this segment.)

Goldhawk Live (CPAC)
September 2004

View a debate between Tony Cannavino (CPA) and Jody Pressman (NORML Canada) on the Liberals' Alternative Penalties Bill that proposed fines instead of arrest for persons caught possessing less than 15 grams of cannabis. This debate covers many important topics related to cannabis and cannabis laws.
*Includes a call-in by Pierre Burton!

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CPA submission to the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs
May 2001

New Canadian Police Association to Flex Muscle
August 2003

Tony Cannavino's presentation to the Special Committee on the Non-medical Use of Drugs regarding Bill C-38, the "decrim" bill. November 2003

"Today our association joins forces with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and MADD Canada in an ultimate effort to call on the government to end the race to pass Bill C-38, the marijuana bill. There are too many serious flaws in this bill, and the approach advocated by the government to deal with the plague of marijuana is altogether heading in the wrong direction."

Police to converge on Parliament Hill for Annual Lobby Day
April 2005

Prime Minister of Canada to open the CPPA Annual Legislative Conference
April 2006

Canadian Police Association Myths

CPAC: Video on Demand
Tony CannavinoFebruary 19, 2008
Pierre Donais speaks with Tony Cannavino, president of the Canadian Professional Police Association.
Feb. 19, 2008
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Related CPA Publications    

CPPA Express Magazine
Issue #63 - Spring 2005
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Cover description:
"The CPPA logo and the logos of Canada's four major political parties set the tone for this issue of the Express as we highlight our year round political agenda and our 2005 version of Lobby Day."

Article Summary, Page 4:
"2005 POLITICAL AGENDA" [Download PDF]
When over 120 CPPA delegates from across Canada make the rounds of Parliament Hill on April 5, 2005 the focus will be on justice and police labour relations. On the justice side, delegates will discuss the inadequacies and ineffectiveness of Canada's Corrections and Parole System as well as Canada's need for a national drug strategy. The police labour side will highlight pension accrual and RCMP contract policing, while bridging both sides of the agenda is the CPPA's quest for a Police Officers' Bill of Rights.


CPPA Express Magazine
Issue #62 - Winter 2004
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Cover description:
Waterloo Regional Police Detective Constable Tracy Weir wearing the respirator, mask and protective suit that are mandatory for the dismantling of marijuana grows in the Region.

Article summary, Page 8:
"Behind the Smoke Screen"
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in illegal marijuana grow ops in Canada. From mom and pop operations to those linked to organized crime, these makeshift greenhouses present many dangers to both patrol officers and drug squad investigators.

Waterloo Regional Police Staff Sergeant Ray Massicotte provides an up-close and personal look at what must be done to protect police officers as they discover and dismantle this clandestine cash crop.

Tony CannavinoTony Cannavino Will Not Seek Re-election As President Of The Canadian Police Association


OTTAWA, ON After five years as President of the Canadian Police Association (CPA), Tony Cannavino will not be seeking re-election. This announcement was made to the CPA Board of Directors today, stating that he will be leaving his position upon conclusion of his actual term in August 2008.
Click here to view the CPA Media Release. (PDF)

Fun Facts:

Police Services Act - Political Activity, Sec. 46:

No municipal police officer shall engage in political activity, except as the regulations permit. (Police Services Act)

Related article: Police union's plan to endorse candidates illegal: lawyer
March 3, 2006 - CBC News


The Conservative government is opposed to cannabis law reform
despite strong support for reform from CONSERVATIVE voters.

Politicians who support prohibition are supporting organized crime

Cannabis prohibition is expensive, ineffective, and causing significant harms to Canadian society.
For the good of ALL Canadians, it's time to end cannabis prohibition.

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