CAQ ready to better protect whistleblowers

Prime Minister Francois Legault committed on Tuesday to improve the law on whistleblowers, so that officials who come out in the public square are better protected.
“The Whistleblowers Act is a new law that we will have to improve, but it’s important to protect whistleblowers, and this is what the new government is going to do Said Mr. Legault during question period.

Radio-Canada has revealed that at least 10 Quebec public servants, working in various ministries, have been sanctioned since 2014 for talking to journalists without having obtained the authorization of their boss.

A situation that the co-spokesperson of Quebec Solidarity Manon Massé denounced at the Blue Salon. “In this era of fake news , we really need our scientists. Scientists are here to protect the public interest, not be the government’s blessings. ”

Report by the end of June

The Caquist Prime Minister pointed out that these cases of sanctions occurred before the adoption of the Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoing against public bodies in 2017. Treasury Board President Christian Dubé is waiting from here the end of June a progress report on how this law has been applied for 18 months. “We take this very seriously,” said Mr. Dubé, who asked for a compilation of the number of alerts that have been issued in all departments.

The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) is waiting for this report before taking action. “You have to look at what the impacts of the law were, analyze the corrections that should be made, probably somewhere in the fall, and, if necessary, introduce a bill. But it’s a topic that’s important, “says Legault. He warns however that his government will seek to maintain a “certain balance”. “We can not start allowing employees to pull out all the confidential information that is available in the different departments.”

In the corridors of the National Assembly, the Minister of Transport François Bonnardel said he had asked for explanations from his department about the sanctions imposed on a whistleblower in 2017, sanctions he does not consider “normal” “. “We do not gag anyone in our ministries.”

“In this era of fake news, we really need our scientists. Scientists are here to protect the public interest, not to be the government’s blessing-yes-yes

Environment Minister Benoit Charette refused to take a stand. “I have full confidence in the deputy minister to handle this type of situation.”

Recall that the Ministry of Agriculture fired the whistleblower and scientist Louis Robert last January, because he had sent a reporter information on pesticides. Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne endorsed the dismissal before retracting. An inquiry by the Protecteur du citoyen is still ongoing regarding the manner in which Mr. Robert was treated.

The new reception pavilion of the National Assembly will give pride of place to women politicians. The two parliamentary committee rooms that will be added to the parliament building will be called pioneers of Quebec politics. The Marie-Claire-Kirkland Hall pays tribute to the first woman who became a Member of Parliament in 1961, while the Salle Pauline Marois honors the first and only woman who has held the position of Premier of Quebec, in 2012 The Parti Québécois MPs said they were very touched by this tribute to Pauline Marois, who sparked “a great consensus” among all political parties. The reception pavilion of the National Assembly, a project of $ 60.5 million, will open its doors to citizens the 1 stJune. This pavilion will present inter alia interactive exhibitions on the parliamentary history of Quebec.

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