Short TV documentaries, interviews, presentations, and testimony to hearings.
CTV News reports on former Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet's testimony to the Public Accounts committee.
In her testimony Ouimet claimed that the Auditor General's report was wrong, that she (Ouimet) had been victimized by this intense audit of her office, and that she was confident that she had always done the right thing. When questioned about her $500,000 settlement package she said that she was given a 'non-negotiable offer' and felt that she had no choice but to accept it. (2 min 30 sec)
Remarks by David Hutton:
Today, FAIR, Canadians for Accountability, Democracy Watch and the 30-member group Government Ethics Coalition are calling on all MPs with integrity to vote against the appointment of Mario Dion as the new Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.
There are many reasons to fear that Mr. Dion will prove to be an ineffective commissioner, perhaps no better than disgraced former commissioner Christiane Ouimet. Our organizations have compiled a list of ten questions that we believe must be answered before this appointment is approved, but this has not happened, and no witnesses have been called to testify.
The new public sector integrity commissioner, Mario Dion, hints that his investigations into allegations of wrongdoing in the public service will begin to produce results in coming months.
In an interview with host Evan Solomon on Power & Politics Wednesday, Dion said his office is currently investigating 35 cases, with seven of them being looked at for a second time. Some of the files are being re-examined after being dismissed by Dion's predecessor, Christiane Ouimet.
Today, Founding Director of Democracy Watch Duff Conacher, FAIR Executive Director David Hutton and Canadians for Accountability President Allan Cutler refuted a claim made by new federal Integrity Commissioner Mario Dion's on CBC TV's Power and Politics show yesterday.
Dion claimed that he did not say in a meeting last March that he would not apply for the Commissioner job while serving as Interim Commissioner because it would cause a conflict for him as he would be perceived to be trying to please Prime Minister Harper and his Cabinet in order to win the Commissioner position, and that would make whistleblowers less likely to trust him.
As three former Nortel executives go on trial for alleged fraud, CTV News interviews David Hutton, Executive Director of FAIR, on on the subject of white collar crime in Canada.
The topics include: is Canada doing enough to combat white collar crime; and what role do whistleblowers play.
CBC's flagship investigative reporting program examines the government's oversight of the industry and finds troubling problems at every turn: airport security rules flouted with impunity and inspectors' reports ignored; fatal crashes simply not investigated; pilots with appalling safety records allowed to continue flying; and employees terrified to blow the whistle on what they see going on, for fear of career-ending reprisals.
Executive Director David Hutton speaks to Brad Giffen of CTV News regarding the case of diplomat whistleblower Richard Colvin.
Following his confirmation in December as Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Mario Dion appeared before the Senate Committee on National Finance.
Senators tackled Mr. Dion on the three topics suggested by FAIR, and also put him on notice that his office has to start uncovering wrongdoing to justify its existence. David Hutton comments on the day's proceedings.
On today's episide of CBC's Power and Politics, the FAIR website was featured and described as "the most dangerous in Ottawa".
Two well-known bloggers, David Eaves and Kady O'Malley, discuss the plight of whistleblowers with host Evan Solomon and how these stories are often overlooked by the mainstream media, leaving it to bloggers and sites like FAIR to give them prominence.