Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Canadian Question: DaVincis Inquest -- The Horsemen

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 09 Mar 2009

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    I gree Jim...I have heard that several times in all my years around Windsor/Detroit...the Horsemen were (like) the Canada I even think there is a reference to them in that fashion in the dialog of Missouri Breaks... I also heard it in reference to the Canadian police force that gangs had to avoid during the extensive liquor trade during prohibition between Us and Canada, especially around Detroit... Montois

    On 3/9/09 11:20 AM, "" <> wrote:

    > Re your response to my comment, "In Canada, 'The Horsemen' means roughly what
    > 'The Feds' means on this side of the border," below:
    > "Actually, much more than that. They began as a semi-military organization to
    > quell rebellion in the pre-confederated west. They are a federal force, but as
    > Kevin implies, they serve as provincial police (similar to state police)
    > except in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and I think Newfoundland. As well,
    > many middling to smaller communities outside those provinces may also contract
    > to have the RCMP as the local constabulary instead of financing their own
    > services."
    > What I meant was that when a local or provincial cop in Canada refers to the
    > RCMP as "The Horsemen," he's using an in-house piece of jargon roughly
    > equivalent to a local or state cop over here referring to the US Government's
    > pantheon of law enforcement agencies as "The Feds." I didn't mean to imply
    > that the history of federal policing in the US and Canada was identical.

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