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Government Operations committee  Yes. I think the point of the flaw is.... I don't think a minister should be accountable for everything that people in the bureaucracy do, because sometimes they're not informed. However, if they are informed about it, they should be held accountable. The real crux of the matter

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  The commissioner is an officer of Parliament, who is tied too much to the executive branch because the executive branch, the cabinet alone, selects the person, and that's the conflict of interest that others have talked about through the whole system. Just to talk about one othe

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I think it's essential because—

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  No, all whistle-blowing. The OSC has set the precedent in Canada. I think it's essential because many people, even if the retaliation doesn't happen, are in some ways uncomfortable staying in their position. They want to make a transition. The reward should be, within government,

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I mentioned some statistics from the past where we have about 150 complaints that have still not been fully addressed. Then you heard some more recent statistics from Mr. Worth, and that's why, again, I strongly recommend that there has to be an independent audit of the whole sys

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I don't think we know the full picture in Canada because the reporting has been so bad in the past. There has been straight-up negligence on dealing with complaints, so we don't even know fully the picture of what's happened here. That's why we need it. We had one audit by the Au

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I would just like to say that you want to have multiple channels. Canadian public sector workers, anyone, has a constitutional right to blow the whistle directly to the public if there is endangerment to health and safety under Supreme Court of Canada rulings from the past. But i

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  Yes, the Integrity Commissioner is there essentially to receive complaints, but the administration of the whole internal system—and I'd emphasize that—is very much a system that is saying, yes, you can blow the whistle but no one's allowed to hear about it except internally withi

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  The explanation requires me to use a fair bit of technical jargon, so it will really put my French to the test.

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I think I'm going to switch to English.

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  The wrongdoing with regard to the commissioner's office is historical. Christiane Ouimet was audited by the Auditor General as the first commissioner and was found, in more than 200 cases, to have essentially not investigated but rejected the whistle-blower's complaint. Mario D

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I would echo what my colleagues have said.

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  Thank you very much to the committee for this opportunity to come and testify again on this very important law enforcement matter. That's what whistle-blower protection is really about, I think, with “law” and “enforcement” defined broadly. Making whistle-blowers front-line inspe

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  We do have an office. It's the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, but there are literally hundreds of cases that have still not been given the full investigation and fair investigation by that office. The current commissioner is someone who has been there pretty much through t

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  I believe it would be difficult to see that happen with the current commissioner unless that commissioner would be required to commission a fully independent audit, not only of the commissioner's office but of how every department is dealing with whistle-blower protection. It is

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher