Gerry Rogers Question Period (05.29.2012)
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.
MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Justice said we have all the whistle-blower protections we need, yet there are still public sector employees who will only talk on the grounds of complete anonymity over fear of losing their jobs due to the lack of whistle-blower legislation. We do not have adequate whistle-blower protection for our workers in this Province.
Mr. Speaker, I ask the Premier: Do we really have to wait for another scandal to take place before this government fulfills the promise it made five years ago to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador? What will it take?
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!
MR. F. COLLINS: Take four, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, we value our public servants in this Province. They are the engines who drive government; they are the nuts and bolts of this government. We will give them every assurance that they need that their jobs are protected, that they have nothing to fear from reporting something untoward in the workplace.
We do that in several pieces of legislation, and we do that in our assurance to them that they will not have to worry about any kind of repercussions because there is no specific whistle-blower legislation in place. They have a lot of protection under all other pieces of legislation and as I mentioned – reiterate again, we will give them every assurance that they will not be retaliated or intimidated in any way by providing something that is untoward in the workplace.