Ironically, a policy designed to prevent whistle-blowing has lead to an anonymous email spreading the contract to the media. The anonymous staffer wrote, "At a time when some parliamentarians are moving to create a more open and transparent Parliament, the [House of Commons'] Board of Internal Economy is putting measures in place to ensure parliamentary staff can't be whistle-blowers on their employers."
Some of the provisions go to the extreme of making workers disclose all gigs outside of their government jobs, maintain this order for life - even when retired, and the fact that breaching such a contract would terminate one's job without pay or notice.
"Employees may not disclose any information about their employer which is politically sensitive," the writer says.
"If a MP staff member wanted to write a book about their time working in Parliament they couldn't ... but their MP could. Talk about a double standard," the email says.
"Many of my colleagues were asked to sign this form in order to receive their raises," he said. "It's important for us to be informed on whether we have any grounds to formally object to it."
Meanwhile, the rest of the employees who want their raises and bonuses from the taxpayer's dime have no other choice but to sign the dotted line.
“For me, it’s important to protect those people. Does the (agreement) mean we won’t? I don’t think so, but we should verify,” Turmel said.
“Is there complete protection? We’d have to experiment to find out, but I do doubt it,” she added.