As an immigrant to Canada from India, I always had marvelled at the RCMP horse musical ride display. I was advised that the RCMP was the unique police national symbol of Canada. Then, when I took my citizenship, an RCMP officer was present. If one goes to various drugstores or places selling varied postcards, there is always a white, male RCMP officer on a horse. Now, a recent credible report on the RCMP, by independent former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache, details its underlying culture as hateful and “toxic,” especially towards its women officers. Commissioner Brenda Lucki, as leader of RCMP, is “angry” with the report's findings and admits to the need for determined and systematic change. Part of the reason she was appointed to the position by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to take the leadership in the needed change. There have been study after study on the clear need for change, with not much advancement. What is needed is full leadership and systematic modification of RCMP operations, where all members are equal. I recall, when I worked with Canadian Heritage in multiculturalism and race relations, how visible minorities began to gain advancement under then-RCMP commissioner Norman Inkster, which led to an historic change. There was the admission of a Sikh Canadian, with the religious and cultural turban. This significant change by the RCMP went to the Supreme Court to be approved. Yes, it takes such bold leadership and action to ensure true equality in our diversity. The women who serve in the RCMP should be more carefully monitored both by external and internal checks and with checks and balances towards significant change actions. Even a change in the symbolic postcard of the RCMP, to include women officers, is a modest change to start. There may be police interventions where women may be more effective, but most importantly, they must “maintain the law,” as the RCMP slogan says, in their public service and among themselves. Roman Mukerjee Ottawa, Ont.