International Civil Society Letter to Canadian Leaders Urges Reform of Ineffective Whistleblower Law
31 January 2024
The letter sent today (31st January 2024) by WIN and supported by 16 national and international organisations, calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of all the main parties to support the adoption of Bill C-290, as a first step towards reform of Canada’s ineffective federal whistleblower protection law.
Although Canada was one of the earliest to implement a law to protect whistleblowing in the federal public service, the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (2005) has proved wholly inadequate. Canada was found by a report published in 2021 to have one of the weakest laws in the world.
Bill C-290, introduced by MP Garon, is an important step in the right direction but more is required. Recommendations of what must be improved are listed in the letter to the Canadian Prime Minister and political leaders.
Update (01/02/24): Bill C-290 was passed unanimously in the House of Commons and will now go to the Senate.
See here to read the letter and a list of all the supporting organisations.