National Newswatch

Canada’s Whistleblower Law Ranks Dead Last In International Rankings

Mar 3 2021 — Althia Raj — Canada is at the bottom of an international ranking of countries with whistleblower protection, lagging behind Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Botswana. A report released Tuesday by the U.S.-based Government Accountability Project and the U.K.-based International Bar Association surveyed whistleblowing frameworks in 37 countries with such laws to determine whether they are actually working.

Quebec Movie Theatre Operator Says He Won’t Take Public ‘Popcorngate’ Funds

Feb 19 2021 — Zi-Ann Lum — Quebec Premier François Legault’s attempt to cool a controversy that has been dubbed “popcorngate” surprised Vincenzo Guzzo, the president of largest chain of independent theatres in the province. Legault announced Thursday that movie theatres would be compensated for lost snack sales due to provincial COVID-19 rules that will allow theatres to reopen, but not sell […]

Opposition MPs Push Liberals To Reform Weak Whistleblower Law

Feb 18 2021 — Althia Raj — MPs attempted Wednesday to stop the Liberal government’s foot-dragging on reforming the whistleblower law, demanding changes that could make public servants more comfortable coming forward with allegations of wrongdoing. Conservative MP Kelly McCauley introduced a motion at the House of Commons’ government operations committee to retable a 2017 report that recommended more than 25 changes […]

Trudeau’s Words On Federal Whistleblower Law An ‘Illusion,’ Warns Former Whistleblower

Feb 16 2021 — Althia Raj — Rather than being disappointed, former government whistleblower Joanna Gualtieri says she resents Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s non-committal response as to why he won’t beef up protections for public servants brave enough to flag what they believe to be wrongdoing. “It’s even more dangerous than keeping his mouth shut,” she said of Trudeau’s response to HuffPost […]

MPs Mull Giving Themselves The Power To Hear From Government Whistleblowers

Feb 11 2021 — Althia Raj — As they look for ways to oversee the government’s COVID-19 response, MPs may consider giving themselves the power to hear from and protect whistleblowers. “When you have a crisis like this, where hundreds of billions of dollars are being distributed throughout the country and [there are] no critical oversight measures, without any real accountability internally, […]

Trudeau Won’t Commit To Strengthening Federal Whistleblower Law, Despite Calls For Transparency

Feb 9 2021 — Althia Raj — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to commit Tuesday to updating the federal whistleblowing law — a law that makes it illegal for civil servants to flag wrongdoing to the public. While Trudeau said it is “extremely important” that every Canadian has a safe and secure workplace free from harassment and inappropriate behaviour, he declined to […]

Jason Kenney’s Chief Of Staff Quietly Returned From United Kingdom Despite Flight Ban

Jan 2 2021 — — Several Alberta United Conservative MLAs and senior officials are in hot water following international travel over the winter break — and chief among them is one of Premier Jason Kenney’s chief advisers. While Kenney fielded questions about cabinet minister Tracy Allard’s trip to Hawaii over the Christmas break despite provincial guidelines against non-essential international travel, […]