Whistleblower policy falls short of protection: Opposition

CHARLOTTETOWN – A whistleblower policy announced by the province today falls short of the protection offered to public servants in other provinces, says the Official Opposition.

“Seven provinces and the federal government have whistleblower protection laws on the books to protect public servants so I’m not sure why this government is so reluctant to follow that path,” said Opposition Leader Steven Myers. “What Islanders have seen over the last eight years from this government is a willingness to ignore policies when it suits their interests so it’s a lower level of protection that would be offered under legislation.”

Myers noted that the policy as described isn’t an independent one as any complaints from employees would be reviewed by the provincial Ethics Commissioner which is appointed by the Premier and reports directly to the Premier.

“I think a better approach would be to have protection in legislation as most provinces and the federal government do. That’s something we championed during the last election and most parties agreed that was a more transparent way to go. I guess the Premier sees it another way,” concluded Myers.

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