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The ‘incomprehensible’ Phoenix meltdown: entirely predictable and entirely preventable

Opinion|By David Hutton
Good whistleblower protection could have prevented Phoenix, argues David Hutton.
Opinion|By David Hutton
There are other troubled Phoenix-like projects under way that could implode at any moment. If Trudeau wants to protect his government against such future debacles, he needs to make it safe for honest public servants to share what they know.
Opinion|By David Hutton
This week the House Government Operations Committee will hear from no less than four experts representing countries that have much better laws: the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Ireland. The comparisons these experts can offer will be eye-opening, since the Canadian system simply does not protect whistleblowers from reprisals.
Opinion|By David Hutton
This government needs to show that it values and respects the integrity of the public service by carrying out root-and-branch changes—to the law and to staffing—that will finally turn this failed agency into a safe haven for honest public servants and a scourge for wrongdoers. After more than a decade of stonewalling and inaction by both parties, surely it’s time for real change. Canadians deserve better.
Opinion|By David Hutton
In my view, the conduct of all three commissioners over the past decade has been unconscionable. Their actions have shielded literally hundreds of alleged wrongdoers from any real scrutiny, and abandoned countless truth-tellers to their fate: vicious, life-changing reprisals orchestrated by the wrongdoers.
Opinion|By David Hutton
The big question now is whether the House Government Operations Committee can find the time, determination, and resources to do justice to this very important task, handed to them at very short notice.
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