Yesterday, Ouimet announced her retirement, retroactive to Monday, 18 October. She is resigning 4 years ahead of her official term of office. The announcement came immediately after Sheila Fraser, the federal Auditor General, revealed that her department is investigating the Commissioner and her office.
During the last three years, the Commissioner of Public Sector Integrity office has handled some 170 complaints, but has found none of them actually justified. Her own staff have been complaining about their working conditions and a lack of proactive investigations – during one 12-month period, according to one employee talking to Radio Canada, 18 out of 22 employees quit.
“She was not asking for advice, she had no bilateral talks. She spoke, we listened.”
Part of the office’s mandate was to allow such employees to speak out without fear of intimidation about these sorts of practices.
According to a statement from the Auditor General’s office, there were “complaints against the “Commissioner of Public Sector Integrity and we are conducting an audit. However, we are not providing any further details about this.”
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