Was CBC interview grounds for suspension?

Was a two-day suspension without pay justified or should the employer used a lesser penalty?
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This issue of “You Make the Call” puts the spotlight on a case involving a veteran correctional officer in Edmonton who gave two interviews that were broadcast by CBC radio. The guard, who was also a union chair, was suspended for two days without pay.

Michael Rennich talked to CBC on April 22, 2003, and again on April 23 about a report that gang members in the prison had forced other inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) to go on a hunger strike to protest a restriction of movement following a fight in the prison.

The ERC responded with a letter of discipline on May 8. It alleged that Rennich had disclosed internal security-related information and gave inaccurate statements to the media. It said Rennich’s actions had caused further unrest among the prisoners and that such public statements are only to be issued to the media by designated government spokespersons.