PAUL MARTIN AND ALMOST ALL LIBERAL MINISTERS,
MPs, STAFF, APPOINTEES RESPONSIBLE FOR ADSCAM --
BROKE INTEGRITY PROMISES, SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED NOW
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
"A Liberal government will move quickly and decisively in several
ways to address these concerns about conflict of interest, influence peddling,
and selling access.
"We will follow the basic principle that government decisions must be made on the merits of a case rather than according to the political influence of those making the case. We will take an approach of openness in decision-making. A Liberal government will not allow the public agenda to be dominated by lobbyists as it has been since the Conservatives took office."
The Liberal Party's 1993 "Red Book" (Creating Opportunity), p. 93
"My Ministers will insist upon integrity, honesty and openness on
the part of those who exercise power on behalf of Canadians."
Speech from the Throne, January 18, 1994
OTTAWA - Today, Democracy Watch blamed Paul Martin and almost all past Liberal Cabinet ministers, MPs, staff, and appointees for the Adscam sponsorship scandal, given that they remained silent while the Liberal government broke key promises from the "Governing with Integrity" chapter of the Liberals' 1993 election platform "Red Book" to make changes that would have prevented the scandal from occurring.
"Almost all federal Liberals should be ashamed of themselves for failing to publicly oppose the breaking of promises they made in 1993 to make changes to clean up the federal government, and failing to support other key government accountability changes, and no one should believe the Liberals will keep their promises to make changes now," said Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch.
Other than the few exceptions noted below, Paul Martin and all other federal Liberals kept quiet between 1993 and 2005 while the Liberal government failed in the following ways to keep the general promises quoted above, and many other specific promises, to clean up the federal government:
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch
Tel: (613) 241-5179
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