Gerry Rogers Question Period (06.14.2012)
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's Centre.
MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, section 22 of Bill 29 allows the Commissioner to investigate an attempt to resolve a person's complaint of a government breach of their privacy. There is no provision, however, in the bill for the Commissioner to investigate a whistle-blower's complaint to the Commissioner.
Mr. Speaker, I ask the Minister of Justice: Will he amend the bill to ensure the Commissioner has this power?
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!
MR. F. COLLINS: Mr. Speaker, the whistle-blower legislation has been discussed at length in this House, or the lack of whistle-blower legislation. We made it clear, Mr. Speaker, in this House that when we see a piece of whistle-blower legislation that we can adopt, we will do that. In the meantime, Mr. Speaker, we have all kinds of coverage in our legislation and in the Criminal Code of Canada with respect to protection for people in the workplace.