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Whistleblowers are people, often employees, who reveal information about activity within private or public organizations or institutions that they feel is illegal, immoral, illicit, unsafe, fraudulent, or otherwise harmful. Current laws and policies to protect whistleblowers in Canada are weak, if not entirely ineffective.

News February 24, 2023

David Hutton warns parliamentary committee of dangers of weak protection for whistleblowers

CFE Senior Fellow David Hutton testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) on February 13 in connection with its study of Federal Government contracts awarded to McKinsey and Company. The trigger for the study was the massive, exponential increase over the past few years in the dollar amount of government contracts awarded to McKinsey, the largest management consulting firm in the world in terms both of number of employees and revenue.
News December 19, 2022

New report finds Nova Scotia’s whistleblower protection law fails on all counts

In the third of a series of reports about the adequacy of whistleblower protection laws in Canada, the Centre for Free Expression gives Nova Scotia’s Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act a failing grade on all major criteria. Despite the law’s intention of protecting people who speak up about potential or actual wrongdoing, the report finds there is no evidence that it has protected any whistleblowers since the Act came into force in 2011.