Mounties apologize to Italian-Canadians

François Deschênes, Commanding Officer, "C" Division

The RCMP has apologized for associating a character from the Mario Puzzo 'The Godfather' series with a recent raid that targeted members of the Mafia.

When the Mounties issued a release containing information about the  investigation it referred to "Operation Clemenza".

Peter Clemenza was the name of a character in the book depicting the the lives of fictional New York crime family.

The National Congress of Italian-Canadians complained to the force that the name perpetrated stereotypes against Italians.

The Quebec commander of the RCMP in Quebec François Deschênes says that's not the message the Mounties wanted to convey and more thought will go into naming future police initiatives.

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  1. Marjorie posted on 06/27/2014 12:36 PM
    Political correctness in this country has gone nuts.
    The National Congress of Italian-Canadians needs to get a life.
    We all know that most Can-Italians are not Mafia.
    We also know that most Mafia are Italians...
    What's the big deal? When I meet someone who is Italian,do I immediately think Mafia?
    Of course not. These people are stirring a tempest in a teapot.
    The Mounties should tell them to mind their own damn business.
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