All posts tagged Allan Cutler

The Operations Committee leaps into action to protect whistleblowers – or does it?

This piece was first published in the Hill Times on February 13, 2017.

Whistleblower protection advocates across Canada were celebrating last week when the news broke that Hon. Scott Brison, President of Treasury Board, had suddenly asked the 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 5 years ago, has been steadfastly blocked by Treasury Board since 2012. Why the sudden change of heart? No-one knows.

The big question now is whether members of OGGO can find the time, determination and resources to do justice to this very important task, handed to them at very short notice.

Hearings began on Tuesday, and on Thursday morning three civil society witnesses were called – Allan Cutler, David Yazbeck and myself. We presented damning testimony regarding the dysfunctional nature of both the law and the Integrity Commissioner’s office. We pleaded with the committee to call a wide range of follow-up witnesses – outside experts rather than those running the system – in order to obtain a proper understanding of how badly broken the current system is. And we offered detailed suggestions on how to fix it.… Read the rest

When I first started 10 years ago, whistleblowing was a dirty word

It has been 10 years since the Liberals’ Sponsorship Scandal and my elevation to be known as “The Whistleblower.” This was not my choice. Leadership comes in various forms. The most common is those who seek to be the leader. The least common is being forced to be a leader by representing something of importance. That is the role that I was assigned and not the role I chose.

Once identified, I had options of what to do with the label “The Whistleblower” given to me by the media during the Sponsorship Scandal. I could ignore it and fade into the background or use
it to try and make changes. The latter was my chosen route.

For the last 10 years, I have been representing whistleblowers and giving suggestions on how they might want to address their situations. The decisions are always theirs. Some, learning
what they face, have retreated and allowed corruption to continue. Fortunately, the majority have
had the courage of their convictions and have fought the good fight—usually unsuccessfully.

I have continued speaking and writing about whistleblowing—what it entails and how corruption is allowed to exist. I point out that there are only three types of participants in a corrupt situation—the abuser, the fighter (whistleblower) and the enablers.… Read the rest

The inaccessibility of politicians

Allan Cutler

I have a problem. No, I am mistaken, I have two problems. The first problem is an awareness of potential corruption and fraud on Ontarians at the federal level. The second problem is the difficulty of discussing what appears to be a bureaucratic cover-up with federal politicians.

When you are trying to expose what appears to be a serious, multi-million-dollar problem that Ontarians have been made to pay for, you cannot afford to limit yourself to one party. You have to approach all of them in the hope that one will take action. Without going into details regarding what I view as a serious case of potential corruption or fraud, let me explain my actions with regard to each of the four parties represented in the House of Commons.

First, there is the Green Party. Originally I sent an email to Elizabeth May on July 8, 2013. The result: nothing, not even an acknowledgement. When May was at meeting in Winnipeg, Cecilia Basic, the western regional director for Canadians for Accountability, attended the meeting. According to Cecilia, May expressed an interest in meeting with us. Based on that, I sent another email on Oct. 16, 2013. The result: exactly the same, nothing, not even an acknowledgement.… Read the rest