It was only a few years ago (emphasis tail-waggingly added):
Harper Promises Stronger Whistleblower Legislation
Feb 1st, 2006
In a press conference following release of the Gomery Report Part 2, Stephen Harper reiterated his promise to enact an Accountability Act, as set out during his election campaign.
The Accountability Act promises to:
* Give the Public Service Integrity Commissioner the power to enforce compliance with the Act.
* Ensure that all Canadians who report government wrongdoing are protected, not just public servants.
* Remove the government’s ability to exempt Crown corporations and other bodies from the Act.
* Require the prompt public disclosure of information revealed by whistleblowers, except where national security or the security of individuals is affected.
* Ensure that whistleblowers have access to the courts and that they are provided with adequate legal counsel.
* Establish monetary rewards for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing or save taxpayers dollars.
These are sensible and necessary measures, and exactly the kind of action required to make it harder for wrongdoers to suppress the truth.
So how's that working out these days? Oh:
Diplomat-whistleblower says he faces government reprisal
OTTAWA—Richard Colvin, the whistleblower-diplomat in the Afghan detainee issue, says he believes the Conservative government is retaliating for his damaging torture testimony late last year.
In a letter Monday to the Military Police Complaints Commission, Owen Rees, Colvin's Toronto lawyer, says his client has “a reasonable belief” that the government's refusal to pay his legal bills is a reprisal.
Rees says the government has essentially stopped paying Colvin's legal fees since November, when the diplomat told a House of Commons committee that several senior government officials were aware that Canadian Forces in Afghanistan were handing over detainees to be tortured by Afghan authorities in 2005 and 2006...
Colvin is entitled to legal representations as a federal civil servant who was summoned to testify about his work in Afghanistan.
The Stephen Harper Party of Canada: Destroying the careers and lives of Canadians, one troublesome public servant at a time.
(Wag of the tail.)