Federal accountants knew of irregularities in the $59.5 million ArriveCan program but were too frightened to speak out, a union executive yesterday told MPs. Accountants feared they’d be “committing career suicide” if they reported the misconduct they see in federal bookkeeping, said Dany Richard, president of the Association of Canadian Financial Officers.

“Our members are faced with this situation: ‘I know ethically I have to report this. How do I do this without committing career suicide? How do I do the right thing?’” Richard told the Commons public accounts committee. Richard said as many as five accountants “flagged their concerns to management” over ArriveCan.

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