You know, there was a time when the Conservative Party of Canada didn’t treat whistle-blowers the way schoolyard bullies treated tattletales. Hell, they had one of them as a star candidate in the 2006 federal election.

So, here’s another example of the honest, open and transparent government promised by Stephen Harper …

Sylvie Therrien was suspended without pay in May for leaking documents to the media in February that revealed the government had told investigators to find about $485,000 in EI fraud every year.

The “fraud quotas” were just one aspect of an office culture that encouraged cutting benefits from as many people as possible to save money, Therrien said in an interview Monday.

Governments, like criminals, do these sorts of things when they have something to hide. I wonder how Alan S. Cutler is feeling now.