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Public servants handcuffed by unreasonable expectations of political neutrality

By Amy Kishek      

Politics is everywhere, and everything is political. Neutrality itself is a hoax. Our experiences, our beliefs, and how we live in the world are political, and they are also politicized without our say.

Protesters gather on Parliament Hill for the Women’s March in January 2017. For public servants, showing up at rallies, attended by partisan political leaders, holding a sign with a political slogan, shouldn’t be cause for investigation or discipline, Amy Kishek writes. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—On June 25, Blacklock’s Reporter broke a story that a prominent quasi-partisan Twitter personality, Neil Waytowich (a.k.a. “Neil Before Zod” on Twitter), was actually a former public service worker by day and anonymous Twitter political commentator and podcaster by night. Hot on the trail were MPs who quoted the public service code of conduct on political activities, paying no mind to the state of the law and workers’ rights to freedom of expression.

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