Liberals accused of bullying Ornge whistleblowers as paramedic tells of quitting in disgust after patient’s death

Originally posted on National Post | News:

The opposition parties say the governing Liberals are trying to intimidate Ornge whistleblowers at a legislative committee that’s probing the troubled air ambulance service.

The accusation came after Liberal backbencher David Zimmer questioned a former paramedic at Ornge who tried to blow the whistle on the publicly-funded agency.

Zimmer accused Trevor Kidd of being “selfish” by refusing to disclose the names of other front-line workers who have information about problems at Ornge.

Kidd said he didn’t want to reveal the names because many Ornge employees are still afraid that their employer will retaliate if they come forward.

He says he didn’t feel like he had the right to disclose the names when those people brought him the information despite the risks.

Progressive Conservative Frank Klees says Zimmer was trying to intimidate Kidd and other potential whistleblowers who will now be reluctant to testify.

“No wonder people aren’t coming forward,” he…

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