This decision is alarming since it signals the continuation of a strategy that has been pursued consistently for the past five years: ignoring the duty to protect public servants who disclose wrongdoing.
David Hutton – December 12, 2011
With hindsight it seems evident that the Harper government has striven to silence honest public servants from the moment it first came to power in 2006. First, it pushed through whistleblower legislation that was known to be deeply flawed. Then it appointed as its new watchdog, Christiane Ouimet, a hand-picked bureaucrat who seemed hostile to the very people she was supposed to protect.
Perhaps most telling, it also turned its back on the very whistleblowers whose support it had courted during the election, for example, intensifying the legal battle against Joanna Gualtieri, having its lawyers force her to answer more than 10,500 questions, then settling on the courthouse steps—demonstrating that the government never had a case.