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‘I couldn’t just sit by and watch things happen’: whistleblower Ian Bron

Chief of Transport Canada’s marine transportation security’s regulatory affairs in 2005, Ian Bron said his life was turned upside down after speaking out against what he alleged were corrupt policy and regulation-making practices.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Although his speaking up at Transport Canada eventually cost him his marriage, his public service career, and his mental health, Ian Bron said he’d do it again. ‘Fundamentally, from a personal ethics perspective, I couldn’t just sit by and watch things happen.’ Today, he works as a director with Canadians for Accountability in Ottawa.

 

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‘I couldn’t just sit by and watch things happen’: whistleblower Ian Bron

Chief of Transport Canada’s marine transportation security’s regulatory affairs in 2005, Ian Bron said his life was turned upside down after speaking out against what he alleged were corrupt policy and regulation-making practices.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Although his speaking up at Transport Canada eventually cost him his marriage, his public service career, and his mental health, Ian Bron said he’d do it again. ‘Fundamentally, from a personal ethics perspective, I couldn’t just sit by and watch things happen.’ Today, he works as a director with Canadians for Accountability in Ottawa.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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