Thursday, May 10, 2007

Why We NEED Whistle Blower Laws!

OTTAWA (CP) - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of a former Mountie who was fired after going public with claims about corruption at the Canadian High Commission in Hong Kong.

As is normal in leave-to-appeal cases, the high court gave no reasons for its decision. Robert Read, an RCMP corporal and a 26-year veteran of the force, gave the media documents alleging corruption and coverup at the diplomatic mission.

In 2002, an internal adjudication board upheld allegations of disgraceful conduct against Read and ordered him to quit or be fired.

A year later, an RCMP review committee said Read was justified in his actions and ordered him reinstated, but senior Mounties rejected that decision and upheld the firing.

In 2005, the Federal Court refused Read's application for judicial review, as did the Federal Court of Appeal last fall.


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Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

if he was in the States..he'd sue sue sue!

5/10/2007 12:36 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

He may may may just do that here!

5/10/2007 1:42 p.m.  
Anonymous Fergy said...

Problem was he went to the media, in breach of his solemn oath. He could have presented it to an MP or officer of the court and it would have turned out better for him, I think. Nevertheless that's one institution where the rotten log needs to be flipped over to reveal what's crawling underneath. Happening already I think.

5/10/2007 4:18 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Fergy ... you are probably right aout that! I'm still saying that real protection for whistle blowers can prevent this kind of thing.

If he had confidence that by taking through channels would not result in punative abuse he may have done so!

Now I'm going to have to research this some more but given that the review recommended he be exonerated and the senior staff declined as I see it! So it looks to me like the top brass have a target on him!

Also I recall that when the story originally broke he claimed to have tried to bring it to his superior officers!

The whole affair seems to prove that real Laws need to be in place to guarantee that legitimate whistle blowers are not abused!

5/10/2007 5:40 p.m.  
Anonymous Fergy said...

Actually he spent 2 years first going to his superiors. Independant whistleblower program. Something like Crimestoppers might work.

5/10/2007 6:50 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Now that's irony!

5/10/2007 9:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Fergy said...

Glad you like it. ;)

5/10/2007 9:42 p.m.  

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