Editorial – June 18, 2012
The introduction of whistleblower legislation in various jurisdictions has been met with some scepticism. Can legislation really protect those who call out a boss or co-worker even when wrongdoing is proven? The Manitoba Ombudsman's investigation into alleged misuse of public funds at the Assiniboine Community College shows some of those concerns are valid.
Ultimately, the process worked, in a manner. The ombudsman's investigation confirmed reason to suspect financial mismanagement -- three employees alleged another had been buying goods for personal use. The employee and an individual who had conducted an internal audit, which did not find wrongdoing, are no longer working at the college.