A B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled against a former Kamloops Mountie who sued the force for delays in his promotion.
Grant Aune left Kamloops RCMP in 2000, collecting a 25-year pension and joining ICBC as a specialist. But he lost his job a year later in a corporate shakeup.
Superiors consistently gave Aune high marks for his leadership and work as a police officer.
"All the evaluations are glowing and Mr. Aune's leadership qualities are emphasized," wrote Justice Hope Hyslop in her decision released Tuesday.
Most recently a corporal, Aune sought promotions and hoped to retire from the RCMP as a staff sergeant. But the promotion didn't come, despite recommendations from his senior officers.
Part of the RCMP promotion process involved writing tests.
Aune grieved his lack of promotion. But in 1998 the police force was dealing with 1,000 grievances and was backlogged in dealing with them.
Aune's lawyers argued he would not have left the RCMP if he were promoted in 1998.
While he left in 2000 for ICBC, the process continued and Aune was eventually promoted to sergeant — after he'd left. Following a review, that promotion was backdated to mid-1999 and his pension adjusted accordingly.
"I conclude that Mr. Aune left he RCMP because the ICBC position responded to the skills that he learned in the RCMP," Hyslop wrote.
The new job also allowed him to work out of home, use of a car, the end of night shifts and ability to start taking his RCMP pension.
"I conclude that Mr. Aune has not established that any member or members of the RCMP were negligent…. He left the RCMP because there was a position with ICBC that suited him."
After he lost his position with ICBC, Aune started a consulting company.
Hyslop calculated, had the claim been successful, Aune would have been due $402,000.