Fired or forced resignation

Deanna Allen

Deanna Allen was fired as Vice President of Communications for the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) in February 2008 “without cause.” However, Allen had been a strong defender of the CWB's monopoly on marketing wheat and barley.

Munir Sheikh

Munir Sheikh

In the summer of 2010, Munir Sheikh resigned as the head of Statistics Canada, claiming that Industry Minister Tony Clement had misrepresented Sheikh’s and Statistics Canada’s position on the mandatory long-form census.

Public Science

The previous federal Conservative government waged a systematic assault on public science. ​The assault included the natural and social sciences. It was not restricted to government scientists, but ran the full gamut of organizations connected to scientific research: government departments, at arms-length government funded organizations, organizations that funded other research, universities, NGOs and individual researchers who obtained grants through one of the funding agencies, and even included a UN convention conducting research relevant to climate change.

Foundation for Canadian Studies UK

Foundation for Canadian Studies Logo

The Foundation for Canadian Studies (FCS) in the UK has been a prominent international champion of the serious study of Canada since 1975. The rare conferral of Canadian charitable status on an international organization and modest but on-going funding from Ottawa recognized its value for almost 40 years. Its significance, however, did not protect the FCS from the partisan anti-intellectualism of the Canadian Conservative government. In 2014, it lost charitable status.

In 2015, former BC premier and current Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, forced the resignation of all but one of the senior scholars on the Board of Directors (as an ironical footnote only a Professor of Pathology remains) putting firm control in the hands of representatives of business and the High Commission itself. The mandate of the FCS is now to address the political priorities of the Harper government.

Veterans

The New Veterans Charter (NVC; 2006) significantly reduced the pension entitlement of Canadian veterans of modern conflicts; 21st century Conservative federal budgets cut services to Canadian veterans; the federal government violated the privacy rights of certain veterans. In response, critics, including the first Veterans Ombudsman, and groups such as the Canadian Legion strongly protested the threat to what they argued was a ‘social contract’ between Canada and its serving men and women.

Edgar Schmidt

Edgar Schmidt

In December 2012, Edgar Schmidt sued Harper’s Conservative government for failing to take adequate steps to verify whether proposed bills violate the Canadian Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform (FAIR)

Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform (FAIR)

On October 15 2012, David Hutton, FAIR’s representative on the Federal Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (PSIC) advisory committee, was removed from his position by the Commission’s head, Mario Dion.

Yves Côté

Yves Côté

After criticizing the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence for failing to respond adequately to his investigations and to complaints from families of Forces members, Yves Côté left his position in December 2007, half-way through his five-year term.

Luc Pomerleau

Luc Pomerleau

Luc Pomerleau was fired from his job at CFIA for alleged “gross misconduct” and “breaching security” when he gave his union a copy of internal documents on CFIA plans to replace government food safety monitoring with industry self-regulation.



Peter Tinsley

Peter Tinsley

In 2007, allegations surfaced of Canadian forces transferring Afghan detainees to local authorities despite the risk of torture, events that became known as the Afghan detainee

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