All posts tagged Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act

Integrity Commissioner Dion should be replaced

Allan Cutler

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Mario Dion

“Gross Mismanagement” “These are not my words but the words used by the Auditor General in his recent report on the Office of the Integrity Commissioner. “We found that the actions and omissions of PSIC senior managers (the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner) in relation to this file amount to gross mismanagement “The score is now 2 for 2. Two reports by the Auditor General for two Integrity Commissioners. Both Christiane Ouimet and Mario Dion are batting zero.

Furthermore the Auditor General states that both the Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner committed wrongdoings as defined in subsections 8(a) and (c) of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. A question now needs to be answered. Which is worse – internal abuse or external abuse? The abuse done to employees of the Integrity Commissioner under Ouimet or the abuse done to all those who have tried to expose federal bureaucratic corruption with Dion? Both Commissioners were former senior bureaucrats. Both appeared more interested in their position and protecting former colleagues than in helping others.

Gross Mismanagement: The two OPSIC cases reviewed by the Auditor General overlap the terms of both Commissioners. The Auditor General states that he did not expect 100% of the files to be managed without error.… Read the rest

Whistleblowers: Vilified for Doing the Right Thing?

The following piece was first published in the Epoch Times on March 25, 2014..

Treat whistleblowers with respect, says sponsorship scandal hero

By Epoch Times

Whistleblowers should be hailed as heroes but are all too often stigmatized, harassed, marginalized and blacklisted for life, says the former public servant who blew the whistle on the federal sponsorship scandal.

In 2004, former Public Works bureaucrat Allan Cutler triggered one of the biggest political scandals in modern Canadian history when he revealed that millions in public funds were being misdirected to Liberal-friendly advertising firms — a scandal that contributed to the Liberal party’s defeat two years later in the federal election.

Cutler was vilified, monitored, threatened, and demoted, before being finally vindicated by a 2006 inquiry into the scandal.

But Cutler’s battle has never really stopped. The stress of the ordeal damaged his health and forced him into early retirement. His reputation as a whistleblower consistently blocks him from professional and personal opportunities, he says.

“My life is totally different because of what I went through,” says Cutler, adding that many whistleblowers share a similarly traumatic experience.

“The consequences for whistleblowers range from being dead-ended in a job to being fired, to your health permanently destroyed, your self-confidence ruined, nervous breakdowns, suicide.… Read the rest

How to avoid accountability in Ottawa

Allan Cutler

Where have accountability and responsibility gone to? Is there anyone out there who really cares what has happened? The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act through the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (OPSIC) is supposed to aid whistleblowers and lessen bureaucratic corruption. Under Mario Dion, it was expected to provide a new age of “accountability.”

The expectation was even higher after the fiasco of the first commissioner, Christiane Ouimet, who launched only seven investigations and did not issue any findings of wrongdoing while in office. So seven years later, where are we? Not far from where we started, it seems. Accountability continues to suffer, whistleblowers continue to be crushed and, from our perspective, the senior bureaucracy has little to fear from their former colleague, Dion.

It appears that he limits his involvement only to cases on which the burden of proof by the whistleblower has been met. Meanwhile, he has avoided many cases that Canadians for Accountability believes had merit.

The fact is, it’s easy for him to do so and we recently came across another means by which his office can avoid being involved in political situations or having to criticize his former colleagues— the senior bureaucrats of the federal bureaucracy.… Read the rest