If the Trump whistleblowers lived in Canada, they’d face serious risks

Paloma Raggo
Assistant Professor, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Carleton University

Whistleblowers put their careers, and sometimes their safety, on the line to protect democratic ideals and the public interest.

Canada, like its southern neighbour, is not immune to whistleblowing controversies at the highest levels of government. Would a whistleblower be protected in Canada if faced with a situation similar to the White House whistleblower’s? Not so much.

There are countless examples of Canadian public officials who have suffered reprisals such as having their personal information disclosed, being forced into early retirementbeing firedthreatened and even bankrupted after going public with allegations of wrongdoing.

For example, in 1998, three Health Canada scientists revealed they were being pressured to approve veterinary drugs that would get into the food supply without the legally required evidence of human safety. Their revelations ultimately led to a ban on bovine growth hormone. However, after blowing the whistle, they were fired for “insubordination.”

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