Watchdogs

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.

Scott Vaughan

Scott Vaughan

On April 1 2013, Scott Vaughan resigned two years before the end of his term as Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.

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.

Joanna Gualtieri

Joanna Gualtieri

After blowing the whistle on alleged excessive costs for Canadian diplomats and staff in the Department of Foreign Affairs during the early 1990s, Joanna Gualtieri claimed that she was harassed, ostracized by her bosses and given a dead-end job.

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

Adrian Measner and the Canadian Wheat Board

Adrian Measner

In December 2006, Adrian Measner was fired from his position as President of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) by Federal Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl.

Kevin Page

Kevin Page

On March 25, 2008, Mr. Kevin Page was appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), a position created under the Conservative government’s Federal Accountability Act of 2006. Upon his appointment, Mr. Page discovered numerous discrepancies in the government’s spending estimates. He reported on them and found himself in the public spotlight as a result. The Harper government undermined Kevin Page’s work to hold the government accountable, cut the PBO’s funding, tried to limit Page’s mandate as well as his reporting to Parliament and the Canadian public, and failed to cooperate with his investigations.

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy was removed as head of the Commission for Public Complaints (CPC) regarding the RCMP after he advocated a more powerful and independent Commission. He sought adequate funding for investigations, increased accountability and improved service standards. The Harper government appointed a Conservative Party ally to replace him.

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