Wednesday, November 23, 2005

adscam whistleblower to run for Tories

Allan Cutler, the man who blew the whistle on the sponsorship program, has announced that he will be running as a Conservative Party candidate in the next election.

Cutler is rumoured to run in the Ottawa-South riding. This would present a signficant threat to incumbent Liberal MP David McGuinty, as well as help the Conservative's keep the "corruption" theme and anger over the Gomery report findings alive.

The Liberal party must be wishing right now that they had given Cutler the apology he has been demanding - and deserves - over his treatment during the entire affair. It is too late, now.

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At 8:03 PM, Blogger steve said...

Kind of ironic that the Whistleblower Protection Act will die/go to sleep with the dissolution of this parliament.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger williamNPH said...

Cutler doesn't support the Whistleblower Protection Act. He's on record as saying that he thinks it is flawed, and that he would have actually been in an even worse position under its guidelines.

Not only that, but the public probably would have never heard of the affair at all -- the Act criminalizes making complaints public, and requires the 'whistleblower' to direct his concerns towards his superiors (who are often the ones responsible ... in Cutler's case, the very man who fired him for alerting Canadians that there was a problem - Chuck Guite).

The Professional Institute of the Public Service has taken the same position, calling the measures ineffective and not nearly enough.

I believe he'll be happy to see it die.


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