Canada's integrity commissioner should be fired: Watchdogs

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:50 PM ET

OTTAWA — Several watchdog groups have called for Canada's integrity commissioner to be fired after the auditor general accused him of gross mismanagement in the handling of two government whistleblower files.

Mario Dion is the second integrity commissioner in a row accused of incompetence and mismanagement by the auditor general.

Government watchdog groups Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform, Canadians for Accountability, and Democracy Watch demanded Tuesday that Dion be dismissed in order for government whistleblowers to feel safe disclosing wrongdoings.

The Conservatives created the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada in 2007 to allow government employees to report wrongdoings such as corruption in public agencies.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson released two reports in April criticizing the commissioner's office for mismanaging two files between 2011 and 2014.

In one case, a complainant's file was closed over 17 mon


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