Mulcair: Call Public Inquiry Over Mountie Monitoring Of Journalists

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OTTAWA — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says a public inquiry should be called after it was revealed Mounties monitored two journalists in 2007.

Mulcair's comments come after CBC News reported a rogue group of RCMP officers investigating a leak of a secret document spied on the two for more than a week without authorization.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks with the media following the party caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, Wednesday April 20, 2016 in Ottawa. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)

The report, based on a government briefing note obtained by the broadcaster, says Mounties placed two Ottawa-based journalists, Joel-Denis Bellavance and Gilles Toupin, under physical surveillance for nine days in 2007.

CBC also says the surveillance was carried out without the required permission of Bob Paulson, an acting assistant commissioner at the time.

Paulson is now the commissioner of the RCMP.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says this is unacceptable and notes an apology has been given to the journalists involved.