Excerpt from the Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

(Hansard)


February 17, 2017

Whistleblowers Protection Act

S. Simpson: I move that a bill intituled the Whistleblowers Protection Act be introduced and read for the first time. 

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S. Simpson: I'm pleased to introduce for the third time the Whistleblowers Protection Act. This bill has two purposes: first, to facilitate the investigation and inquiry into matters that are potentially damaging to the public. The bill would establish a process for annual disclosures and empower the ombudsperson to oversee the administration of the law. It would require all reports to be public to ensure transparency and accountability. 

The second critical purpose of this legislation is to protect individuals who make such disclosures. It takes courage to see something that is wrong and step up and talk about it. Legitimate disclosures of this nature are in the public interest, and people who make such disclosures need to know that they will not be punished for doing the right thing. The Whistleblowers Protection Act would provide them that assurance and guarantee.

I move that this bill be placed on the orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting after today.

Bill M216, Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2017, introduced, read a first time and ordered to be placed on orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting of the House after today.

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