Bill 87 – An Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings within public bodies | Protecteur du Citoyen
February 16, 2016

Bill 87 – An Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings within public bodies

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The Québec Ombudsman supports the Bill’s basic goals and means. In its brief tabled on February 9, it nonetheless proposes improvements that it feels are likely to make the process of disclosing wrongdoings fully effective and its enforcement, optimal, in particular: 

  • Broaden the scope of the Bill by including wrongdoings committed not only within public bodies, but also with regard to public bodies;
  • Amend the Municipal Ethics and Good Conduct Act to make municipal employees subject to the Bill or to include municipalities in the list of bodies subject to the Bill;
  • Strengthen protection against reprisal for whistleblowers who are not “on the pay roll;”
  • Increase the obligation for public bodies to cooperate within the context of the functions that would devolve to the Québec Ombudsman;
  • Give the Québec Ombudsman access to the premises of public bodies;
  • Give the Québec Ombudsman the power to suggest reforms and to intervene on its own initiative;
  • Provide for the obligation of public bodies to report on the number of disclosures received and on the number of substantiated disclosures.

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