If I was a whistleblower sitting on explosive evidence of government mismanagement, I would just pull the covers over my head and go into eternal hibernation.
Why would anyone come forward with information in the public’s interest after the mess the province has made of the Manitoba Hydro whistleblower’s disclosure?
It’s been a year since the whistleblower filed her complaint, and absolutely no investigation has happened.
The ombudsman’s office, so understaffed that routine freedom of information appeals often take a year, couldn’t cope with it.
The auditor general sat on it for six months before a media firestorm forced the province to ask the AG to get serious and do a special audit.
Now, after the Tories raised a stink about AG Carol Bellringer’s possible conflict of interest, she has punted it back to the ombudsman’s office. The OO either has no idea how to handle the complaint or is hiding behind legislation in order to avoid making any statement about the complaint at all.
At this rate, I’M about to have a blackout.
What a complete debacle.