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In Canada, whistleblowers pay steep price

By Kathleen Finlay       

When retaliation occurs, which happens often, according to experts, the onus is on the whistleblower to connect the dots and prove that it was related to their speaking up, writes Kathleen Finlay.

When Jody Wilson-Raybould, pictured with ex-minister Jane Philpott on April 3, switched roles from being Canada’s attorney general to whistleblower-in-chief over the SNC Lavalin affair, her fate was sealed. The Hill Times fphotograph by Andrew Meade

Victims of sexual misconduct in the workplace and whistleblowers have a lot in common. Both are typically terrified about coming forward and reporting wrongdoing. Both face a high risk that they will be blacklisted and have their reputations smeared. Too many are left paying a steep price with their health and careers that can carry lasting consequences. Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould is the latest in a long list of whistleblower casualties who have run afoul of powerful interests in the federal government.

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