New Democrat MP and Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) is calling for a quick review of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act.
Ravignat said this Act, relatively unknown within the public service, should be continuously promoted to public servants. “Given the Conservative government’s austerity measures, it’s essential that public servants are able to disclose wrongdoings without fearing for their job,” said Ravignat.
The MP said the commissioner responsible for enforcing the Act must be allowed to interrogate public servants who left the government and seize relevant documents if needed, in addition to increasing fines for refusal to testify. “The amendments I’m proposing would improve the current Act.”
The Act provides for a review every 5 years and the Conservatives still haven’t done it. “Another broken promise from the Conservatives,” said Ravignat.