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31 Aug

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Tony Turner worked at Environment Canada. After releasing his protest song Harperman in June, he was recently put on leave for impartiality.

In 1991, the Supreme Court ruled that Canadian public servants have the same Charter rights as private citizens during election periods. In particular,

an employee may engage in any political activity so long as it does not impair, or is not perceived as impairing, the employee's ability to perform his or her duties in a politically impartial manner.

Although Turner was within a month of retirement, his union is fighting the suspension, claiming that his work — tracking migratory birds — was not being done impartially, and that partiality is allowed as long as it is not related to one's job.

Globe and Mail:

"None of our materials say he's a public servant. He's performing as an artist. Besides freedom of speech, there's an issue of artistic expression here," Mr. Hall said.

National Post:

"The government risks giving this much more visibility than it warrants by launching an investigation. People will be on YouTube to look at this because they made it an issue."

CBC:

"In my view, regardless of what the Supreme Court might say, public servants should not become political actors, especially in the middle of campaigns," he said. "They are not political actors. We have political actors; they are politicians."

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