December 7, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the nomination of Mario Dion as the new Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.
Mr. Dion has been serving as interim Public Sector Integrity Commissioner since December 2010. During a public sector career that spanned 29 years, Mr. Dion held various positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including Associate Deputy Minister of Justice, Executive Director and Deputy Head of the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada and Chairperson of the National Parole Board. Mr. Dion holds a law degree (LL.L) from the University of Ottawa.
“Mr. Dion is well qualified to assume the role of Public Sector Integrity Commissioner,” said Prime Minister Harper. “He will bring a strong legal background and a broad understanding of the public sector to the position. I am pleased that he has agreed to be nominated.”
The Public Sector Integrity Commissioner is an Officer of Parliament created in 2007 under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. The Office of the Commissioner provides a safe and confidential mechanism enabling public servants and the general public to disclose wrongdoings committed in the public sector. It also protects from reprisal public servants who have disclosed wrongdoing and those who have cooperated in investigations.
As set out in the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, this appointment must be approved by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons. In addition, pursuant to Standing Order 111.1, the Government will be tabling this nomination for referral to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.