A University of Toronto professor says the Nunavut government seems to be taking a step backwards when it comes to transparency and accountability.
Richard Powers teaches ethics at the Rotman School of Management. He's concerned about changes Nunavut has made to the Integrity Act.
"What you're doing is taking a process that originally had an independent third party making decisions on what should be investigated, and moving that back into the government. Which suggests either the integrity commissioner did not know which investigations to undertake, or [it is] an attempt of the government to minimize or limit the number of investigations that actually go to the Integrity Commissioner," said Powers.
Nunavut MLAs approved changes to the Integrity Act during the spring sitting.
Now, senior public officials, including deputy ministers, can no longer go directly to the Integrity Commissioner to ask for a review. Instead, they must bring their concerns to the appropriate minister or the Premier.
Then if it is deemed to be a valid complaint, the minister or Premier can ask the Integrity Commissioner for a review.