Legislative Protection of Whistleblowers Comparison Essay by Zorkmid

Legislative Protection of Whistleblowers
A comparison of the Canadian and American policies regarding whistleblowing and a review of the Public Service Whistleblowing Act.
# 118776 | 4,508 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2001 | CA
Published on Feb 23, 2010 in Law (General) , Public Administration (General) , Ethics (General) , Canadian Studies (General)

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This paper introduces the concept of whistleblowing (exposing government or corporate wrongdoing) and discusses why it is done. The paper reviews Canadian policies regarding the practice of whistleblowing and compares these to Amercian practices. The paper then reviews the Senate proposal for whistleblower protection (the Public Service Whistleblowing Act).

Table of Contents:
An Overview of Whistleblowing
Canadian and American Whistle-blowing Regimes - A Comparison
The Current State of the Debate
Protection for Whistle-blowers - A Proposal

From the Paper:

"The newest proposal for protective legislation, Senate Bill S-6, was reviewed, and found to be fairly comprehensive. It does not appear to be overly intrusive - its proposed Commissioner would only act where an employee's allegations have been made in good faith and no other legislation is deemed sufficient to handle the situation - and there is an accountability framework present, in that regular reports to Parliament would be required. Thus, given the stated desire on the part of a number of writers for some form of official support for legitimate whistle-blowing, the proposal given above, in which Bill S-6, its prospects for passage into law notwithstanding, would serve as the legislative protection for whistle-blowers, may provide a viable compromise."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bok, Sissela. "Blowing the Whistle". In Public Duties: The Moral Obligations of Government Officials (eds. Joel L. Fleishman, Lance Liebman, and Mark H. Moore, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981). pp 204-220.
  • Bueckert, Dennis. "Whistle-blowing scientists seek right to speak to media" (www.canoe.ca/CNEWSScience0006/20_sci.html, February 9, 2001).
  • House of Commons. Debates, 2nd Session, 35th Parliament (Ottawa: Government of Canada, February 10, 1997
  • Kernaghan, Kenneth. "Whistle-blowing in Canadian governments: ethical, political and managerial considerations". In Optimum (ed. Jak Jabes, Vol. 22-1, Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services, 1991). pp 34-43.
  • Kernaghan, Kenneth, and Langford, John. The Responsible Public Servant (Montreal: The Institute for Research on Public Policy and The Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 1999).

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