EDMONTON, AB (October 30, 2012): The Wildrose Official Opposition today applauded the concept of whistleblower legislation but said there are concerns with how the bill will be implemented and enforced. The PCs introduced Bill 4, the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, this afternoon in the Legislature. “There’s a reason why we campaigned on introducing whistleblower legislation.
We believe strongly that public servants should be free to come forward and alert the public on issues in government without fear of retribution,” Wildrose Service Alberta Critic Rod Fox said. “But, as always, we will have to see how the PCs roll it out and implement it.” Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw said proper whistleblower legislation is essential to restore faith in Alberta’s democracy. “There have been dozens of recent examples of public servants, especially in the health care system, being bullied and intimidated into silence by the PC government when they tried to raise concerns,” Saskiw said. “It’s critical that we have protections in place so issues can be addressed as they arise without having to endure the consequences from the PC government.” Wildrose MLA Heather Forsyth, who has been pushing for whistleblower legislation for over a year and is preparing a private members bill for the spring session, says she hopes the government’s legislation is comprehensive. “I’ve been working on this bill because Albertans deserve to have the toughest, most comprehensive whistleblower legislation in the country,” Forsyth said. “I will be watching closely and working with stakeholders to make sure it achieves what it sets out to do.”