This essay is about whislteblowing in the Canadian Government. It gives the good the bad and the ugly about whistleblowing

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The matter of whether or not to provide protection to whistle blowers in Canadian Government Organizations has been discussed for many years. However, to date, there has not been a bill passed to give whistle blowers full protection.

Whistle blowing is defined as "an act of a man or woman who, believing that the public interest overrides the interest of the organization he serves, blows the whistle that the organization is involved in corrupt, illegal, fraudulent or harmful activity." Men and Women who blow the whistle put their careers and their reputation on the line in doing so. The pros of having protection for whistle blowers definitely outweigh the cons. To a large extent, protection will allow those whistle blowers' careers and reputations to be saved. To a moderate extent, protection will deter government organizations from performing harmful or illegal acts, and to a lesser extent, protection will be a step forward for Canada and give the public more respect for their government.

Firstly, if the Canadian Government passed a law giving the protection necessary to the men and women who feel it is in the public's best interest to blow the whistle on their organization they would not suffer the terrible consequences which many of these people face today. The consequence, which some whistleblowers endure, is very extreme and definitely not fair. For example in The Journal of Public Sector Management an article titled Whistle-blowing in Canadian Governments: ethical, political and managerial considerations, they outline a story of one whistleblower named Jon Quigley. Mr. Quigley was an Immigration Officer with the Toronto Enforcement Unit of the Federal Department of Employment and Immigration. It came to Mr. Quigley's attention that a new program was allowing criminals to stay in Canada illegally. Knowing that this was not right Quigley told a...