A new whistleblower protection policy will enhance transparency and accountability while strengthening the Public Service by providing for the disclosure of wrongdoing.
“A strong professional public service is an essential pillar of democratic government,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “This new policy, linked to the Ethics and Integrity Commissioner, supports employees and recognizes the vital role they have in speaking truth to power.”
The Whistleblower Protection Policy provides a procedure for reporting wrongdoing as well as protection from reprisal for public sector employees who, in good faith, report wrongdoing.
The policy states an employee may make a disclosure to a supervisor, deputy minister, or the Ethics and Integrity Commissioner on a confidential basis. The Commissioner will take appropriate steps to help resolve the matter, including referring it for investigation or conducting an investigation.
“A whistleblower policy supports our government’s commitment to openness and recognizes the professionalism of our public service working are working to deliver the best results for Islanders,” said the Premier.