Whistleblower legislation petition
Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) will be presenting the following petition urging the Government to follow through on its 2007 commitment to enact Whistle Blower Protection for Public Service workers. We are one of few provinces that does not have this protection for its workers and the people they serve. Please download the petition, invite people to sign it and please share it far and wide!
If you would like to support this petition, you can download and distribute the following pdf document, or contact Gerry's office.
3rd Floor, East Block
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
TO THE HONOURABLE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED
The petition of the undersigned residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Humbly Sheweth;
Whereas as a result of a recommendation in the Green Report about wrongdoing in the House of Assembly, there is now legislation that protects anyone who speaks up with evidence of financial abuse or other impropriety in the legislative branch;
Whereas it is unfair for one group of civil servants to be protected by whistleblower legislation when another group is not;
Whereas Justice Green stated that the financial wrongdoing in the House of Assembly might have been discovered sooner if whistleblower legislation had been in place;
Whereas the Cameron Enquiry into ER-PR testing found that problems with tests would have come to light sooner, therefore lessening the impacts on patients, if whistleblower legislation had been in place;
Whereas the Task Force on Adverse Events recommended an amendment to the Regional Health Authorities Act to provide legal protection for employees reporting occurrences or adverse events;
Whereas whistleblower legislation is in place elsewhere in Canada and the provincial government promised similar legislation in the 2007 election but has not kept that promise;
We the undersigned, petition the House of Assembly to urge government to enact whistleblower legislation to protect public sector employees in provincial departments and agencies, including public corporations, regional health authorities and school boards.
And as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray.