Former integrity commissioner takes on critics

Ouimet steadfastedly denies allegations in auditor general’s report

In testimony before a Commons committee on Thursday, the federal government’s former integrity commissioner Christiane Ouimet took on the auditor general’s report that led to her ouster. “I am here to point out that there are serious flaws and erroneous facts that have attacked my reputation,” she testified before the Commons public accounts committee. Ouimet resigned in October and received a controversial $500,000 severance package that included a confidentiality agreement. At the time, Auditor General Sheila Fraser was investigating her office. “I’ve always been known to do what is fair, to do what is right … I spoke truth to power,” Ouimet said. As for the report’s findings he failed to properly investigate complaints by government whistleblowers, “I am shocked,” she said. “I find this appalling.”

Toronto Star

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