"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Thursday, November 24, 2011



At a campaign stop in Carbonear Oct. 6 [2007], Williams pledged that his government would implement whistleblower laws in the first session of the legislature after the election.

"We'll get that on at the very earliest opportunity," Williams said in response to questions from reporters last October.

"The very first session of the House that we have, that's something we'll have a look at. As a matter of fact, there'd be no reason why we wouldn't get it on (the agenda)."

Newfoundland and Labrador's justice minister says Whistleblower legislation - which former premier Danny Williams promised to create in 2008 - won't be introduced this year.

"This is a significant piece of legislation. A lot of work has been done on it," said Felix Collins responding in the provincial legislature to a question from Liberal opposition MHA Kelvin Parsons.

"The provinces that have it are undergoing the regular growing pains of new legislation. We are monitoring that to see what best practices come out of it. So when we produce our legislation it will be the best piece of legislation that we can possible come up with."
Now, from a James McLeod report in today's Telegram (sadly not on the public intertubes):

Legislation to protect whistleblowers was first promised by then-premier Danny Williams in 2007.

More than four years later, it has yet to be enacted, and Justice Minister Felix Collins wouldn’t commit to doing so at any time in the next four years.

“You’re not going to get a commitment from me on any timelines on that,” he said. “Not only whistleblower legislation, but on anything. It’s difficult to speculate and lay a date because if you don’t follow the date, then someone calls back and tells you you didn’t stick to your date.”

However, Collins said they’re working on it by reviewing legislation in other provinces and checking monthly to see how the implementation is working.
Surely, if Collins and his shop are working so very diligently on this file, there's a small mountain of ATIPpable paper on it.


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At 2:20 AM, November 27, 2011 , Blogger Mark said...

Indeed. An access request for the "lot of work has been done on it" might get you a half dozen emails and press clips.


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