Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers

2014 Mayoral Candidates - Response to Whistleblower Policy Proposal



Candidates for Office of Mayor are listed in order of names to appear on the ballot.



Dear Mr. Weremy,

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to respond on whistleblower protection.

City employees deliver essential services to Winnipeg families with great integrity and professionalism. We need to make sure that city officials at the highest levels are held to the same ethical standards as the rest of the civil service, and end unacceptable behaviour like cutting backroom deals for well connected friends. As part of a culture of openness and honesty in our municipal government, the public service needs to feel like they can report wrongdoing without being afraid of reprisal.

That is why one of my major pledges is to establish the Accountability Winnipeg office, an independent watchdog that will hold elected officials and city management more accountable. This office will have the power to conduct audits, oversee a more vigorous code of ethics and provide protection for City employees who have serious concerns about misconduct at City Hall.

A neutral, professional civil service is critical to making Winnipeg a "City that Works," and as Mayor I will be eager to pursue discussions around a whistleblower protection policy that works for City employees and fits with my plan to restore trust at City Hall.

Thank you again for contacting the campaign. I look forward to further discussions with you on how we can work together to serve families and business in our great city.

Judy Wasylycia-Leis



Dear Andrew:

Establishing an effective whistleblower policy for City employees is a key part of my mayoral electoral platform, in which I stress the need to overhaul City Hall. Your members are welcome to go to my website for further information, or to go to the City’s DMIS page and search for “Sanders” and “ethics commissioner” to see my submissions to Council and its Committees on this crucial issue.

I trust you know that the City’s Employee Code of Conduct already contains a clause protecting whistleblowers from reprisals. You will also know that that provision of the Code has not been enforced, as far as I can tell.

So the whistleblower policy is really only as good as the senior management and Council choose to make it right now.

I choose to make it effective, and with the support of a majority of Council, I intend to invite a chorus of whistles once we take office. I will not wait for the results of the RCMP process. We should do what we can to get to the bottom of all the matters in questions, using the significant investigative powers the City already has.

I would be very pleased to meet with WAPSO representatives at a mutually convenient time.

Thank you!

David M. Sanders

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