VA Gives Reprimands in Bruyea Case
PERSONAL PRIVACYMarch 11, 2011
Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucrats who inappropriately accessed the files of veterans' rights activist Sean Bruyea have been given written reprimands and three-day suspensions for their actions, reports The Globe and Mail. "It doesn't even come close to making government wrongdoing accountable," Bruyea said of the punishment. VA Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn says mitigating circumstances make the punishments appropriate and that privacy wasn't a focus of the organization prior to the Bruyea incident. "I don't want to excuse what has happened, but it was part of the reality of the department at the time," Blackburn said. "We went as far as possible for the sanctions."