Spring 2017 - Bill 11: Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act, 2017
Our government wants to ensure that serious wrongdoings in the public sector are both reported and addressed.
Often employees are the ones who see things going on that shouldn’t be, and they should be able to report serious problems without having to fear for their job security.
This legislation will better protect employees already covered by the whistleblower legislation, and it will increase the number of people who would be protected, like staff in the offices of the Premier and Ministers
The new legislation also establishes mechanisms for compensation should there be reprisals against a whistleblower.
The old legislation did not protect political staff working in Ministers’ offices or the Premier’s office, and it didn't apply to the Members of the Legislative Assembly.
Members of the Legislative Assembly in this province should be leaders in ethics and accountability.
A good public service and a fair, honest and transparent public sector is one of those things that Albertans count on, and we’re improving those things.
Our Government is committed to having accountability, ethics, and transparency front and center in Alberta and this bill will ensure that.
This bill will make sure that public sector employees feel safe and are free from reprisal when they report serious wrongdoings.
This is the right thing to do, both for employees and all Albertans.