Whis­tle blow­ers need pro­tec­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Most of us know by now that the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the PNP pro­gram un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion was derelict and ir­re­spon­si­ble, per­haps even worse. But long be­fore most of us were aware of the gross ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties there were three women em­ployed in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the pro­gram who went out on a limb and blew the whis­tle on what was hap­pen­ing.

They had the courage to do the right thing, and yet how were they treated? In a word, de­spi­ca­bly, as though they were the delin­quents. They were re­moved from em­ploy­ment, then mocked and maligned when the public be­came aware of the sit­u­a­tion. The for­mer premier, ap­par­ently be­liev­ing he could get away with any­thing if he de­nied it brazenly enough, called them “crazy”, and the present premier has done noth­ing to right the in­jus­tice.

He has re­fused to ad­dress the wide­spread malfea­sance that ex­isted through­out the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing it is the fu­ture, not the past that is im­por­tant to him. But those women are not liv­ing in the premier's con­ve­niently shut­tered past. They, and the hurt that they carry, are very much of the present.

The per­pe­tra­tors con­tinue to be pro­tected, while the con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tors to what was go­ing on have been hung out to dry. In a word, this present ad­min­is­tra­tion is adding in­jury to in­sult.

Presently the premier says that whis­tle-blow­ing leg­is­la­tion is not nec­es­sary, yet his fail­ure to ad­dress the wrong that was done to these women is a prime ex­am­ple of why leg­is­lated pro­tec­tion would seem to be re­quired. David Weale, Vi­sion P.E.I.

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