The feds paid private eye to hunt for a journalist's sources
Only a few days into his new job as an executive at Canada’s energy regulator Sylvain Bédard asked for help.
A list of six questions from National Observer had arrived in his email inbox.
Most of the questions were about botched security arrangements for a National Energy Board (NEB) pipeline hearing in Montreal.
One of the questions described a verbal blunder by Bédard's new boss, Josée Touchette. The gaffe had occurred during an Aug. 30 town hall meeting at the NEB's Calgary headquarters, staged to brief NEB employees after a protest had disrupted the Montreal hearing. Touchette had joked about tasering environmental activists.
National Observer's reporter — this reporter — wanted to know why.
What followed was an investigation by the NEB into who told National Observer about Touchette's joke. This investigation will cost the federal government $24,150.