SENATE SHOULD PASS BILL C-11, ALL FEDERAL PARTIES
SHOULD MATCH CONSERVATIVES’ PLEDGE TO STRENGTHEN
WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION SYSTEM AFTER ELECTION
Thursday, November 17, 2005
OTTAWA - Today, Democracy Watch called on the Senate to pass flawed Bill C-11 within the next week to ensure the Bill becomes law before an election is called. Bill C-11 establishes a more effective but still very flawed system for protecting government employees who “blow the whistle” on government wrongdoing.
Democracy Watch also called on all the federal political parties to match the Conservative Party’s pledge to strengthen the whistleblower protection system in key ways as a first action after the election.
“While the whistleblower protection system proposed in Bill C-11 is very flawed, the Senate should pass the bill before an election is called, and all the federal political parties should make the same commitment the Conservatives have to strengthen the system right after the next election,” said Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch.
“To back up their commitment, all of the federal party leaders should pledge in writing to resign and call an election if they fail to keep their promise to strengthen the whistleblower protection system right after the election,” said Conacher.
Bill C-11 fails to establish an effective whistleblower protection system in the following seven ways (NOTE: on November 4th, Conservative leader Stephen Harper pledged to correct all seven of these flaws):
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch
Tel: (613) 241-5179
Democracy Watch's overall Clean Up the System webpage
Democracy Watch's Government Ethics Campaign
Federal Conservative Party's Ethics and Accountability Package