Dec 24, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
According to a nonprofit that advocates for those who expose injustice, it cannot support a new task force looking at the federal whistleblowing regime because it lacks someone with “lived experience” as an actual whistleblower.
President of the Whistleblowing Canada Research Society Pamela Forward, called the absence a “shocking omission” in a letter to Treasury Board President Mona Fortier.
The organization, which promotes knowledge and comprehension of the whistleblowing phenomena, also questions the task force’s independence given that four of its nine members are either current or past employees of various levels of government.
Co-chair Suzanne Craig serves as the city of Vaughan’s integrity commissioner in Ontario, while co-chair Mary McFadyen previously served as Saskatchewan’s ombudsman and public interest disclosure commissioner.
In order to examine ways to strengthen the federal disclosure process and the protections and supports for public workers who come forward to report wrongdoing, Fortier established the task group in late November.
The task force’s members, which also include academics and union leaders, were picked after meetings with subject-matter experts, according to the Treasury Board Secretariat, and they each bring a unique set of skills to the table.