For Soldiers and Spies, Whistle-blowing Remains a Risky Business

Intelligence officer and ex-diplomat Richard Colvin

By Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail, 15 June 2011

Five years after Parliament ordered federal departments to protect whistle-blowers “as soon as possible,” soldiers and spies still lack crucial protections that would allow them to highlight wrongdoing without risk to their careers. 

When Canada’s security agencies were broadly exempted from a 2006 law to protect whistle-blowers within the federal bureaucracy, they were directed to come up with parallel systems. The ones that have been put in place have been lagging or found lacking – the military, for example, has never followed up on a directive to designate a senior official to be a sounding board for soldiers.


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