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Canada is at the bottom of an international ranking of countries with whistleblower protection, lagging behind Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Botswana. A report released Tuesday by the U.S.-based Government Accountability Project and the U.K.-based International Bar Association surveyed whistleblowing frameworks in 37 countries with such laws to determine whether they are actually working. What they found is that they are not. “Too often the rights that look impressive on paper are only a mirage of protection in practice,” the study’s six-lead authors said. “Either they do not make a difference, or in some cases, make whistleblowing more dangerous.”

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