Ombudsman calls for changes to NB's whistleblower laws

New Brunswick's Ombudsman wants the provincial government to tweak its "whistleblower laws" to better protect the identity of civil servants who report mismanagement or actions that may threaten the public interest.

Charles Murray says changes are needed so civil servants can contact his office through an intermediary without their identity being revealed.

Last month, the Premier said it was an unknown tipster who revealed Service New Brunswick had invented fictitious renovations that resulted in thousands of New Brunswickers being sent inflated property tax bills.

Murray says the current legislation can deter whistleblowers from coming forward.

(with files from CBC)