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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 March 3, 2017

The Hill Times publishes CFE Senior Fellow David Hutton’s critical examination of federal whistleblower protection

CFE Senior Fellow David Hutton has published an excellent 4-part series in The Hill Times that critically examines federal whistleblower protection in Canada. Click on the links below to read the articles. David Hutton, House Government Operations Committee leaps into action to protect whistleblowers, or does it?, The Hill Times, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 12:00 AM
Page February 27, 2017

Whistleblower protection: who really pulls the strings?

By DAVID HUTTON When examining the sorry track record of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner’s Office, it’s easy to overlook those primarily responsible: it was Privy Council Office (PCO) and the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), working mostly behind the scenes, who—intentionally or not—set up PSIC to fail. Here’s how it was done. The Role of Treasury Board Treasury Board drafted faulty legislation
Page February 13, 2017

House Government Operations Committee leaps into action to protect whistleblowers, or does it?

By DAVID HUTTON Whistleblower protection advocates across Canada were celebrating last week when the news broke that Treasury Board President Scott Brison had suddenly asked the House Government Operations Committee (OGGO) to conduct a review of the federal whistleblower protection law (the PSDPA). This review, which by law should have taken place five years ago, has been steadfastly blocked by Treasury Board since 2012. Why the sudden change of heart? No one knows.