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Whistleblowers running out of options

Those working to keep government accountable no longer safe from persecution.

Bron: That abusive government now backed by the law shows it unsafe for whistleblowers to speak out.August 14, 2011: In this stirring piece, Ian Bron, Managing Director of Canadians for Accountability, exposes the plethora of recent scandals that have plagued whistleblowers working — and suffering — for the public good. The organization suggests that potential whistleblowers do so outside of official channels.

"Why does Canada treat its whistleblowers so badly? Even though only it has been just a few years since the Sponsorship Scandal, which was exposed by Allan Cutler and another anonymous whistleblower, it's a question that needs to be asked.

Why? Because, yet again, Canadian whistleblowers have been successfully persecuted as an example to deter any potential ethical dissenters.

On August 8, the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) upheld the dismissal of Shiv Chopra and Margaret Haydon. Chopra, Haydon, and a third Health Canada scientist were fired in 2004 for insubordination after they defied industry pressure and management orders to approve drugs for livestock that they determined to be potentially harmful to human health..."

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Posted: August 30, 2011

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