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 February 11, 2010  Breaches, Non-U.S.

The Canadian Press reports that Bernard LeBlanc, New Brunswick’s justice minister, has resigned as the result of a privacy breach that occurred when he was minister of local government:

The Opposition Conservatives called for the resignation of Bernard LeBlanc after an email was released identifying a complainant in an animal abuse case.

The email, which was sent to a person convicted in the case in 2005, came from LeBlanc’s account and had his name at the bottom of the message.


Bonny Hoyt-Hallett, deputy minister of local government, says the complainant’s name was accidentally released and she’s working to tighten protocols surrounding correspondence and emails.

She issued a statement, saying that while the email was sent with the minister’s name, he “neither approved nor had any knowledge of the email in question.”


Tory member Jody Carr says the breach of confidentially has caused a lot of grief for the woman who filed the abuse complaint.

Read more on AM770.

LeBlanc seems to adhere to a “The buck stops here” doctrine. I cannot imagine that any U.S. official would fall on their sword and resign over a breach of this kind when the official was not even directly responsible for the breach.

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