ISSUE: Cleaning Up the Federal Government's Good Government System
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The 100 undemocratic and accountability loopholes in the government must be closed now!
PLEASE SEND A LETTER to all the federal political party leaders right now calling for key government accountability changes (See Addresses set out below).
The following SAMPLE LETTER provides a brief summary of the 100 loopholes that still exist even after all 30 of the measures in the so-called "Accountability Act" of 2006 have been implemented.
To be most effective, please use the SAMPLE LETTER only
as a model for writing your own letter, and please note
that sending a letter by mail or fax is much more
effective than sending an email.
Provincial governments have similar loopholes in their good government laws, and to find the addresses of your provincial politicians to send a letter calling on them to close the loopholes, click here.
Please pass a Real
Government Accountability Act that makes many key
democratic reform, good government and government
The federal government's accountability system is the real scandal because for more than 140 years it has allowed politicians, government appointees, political staff, government employees and lobbyists to act dishonestly, unethically, secretively, non-representatively and wastefully.
Either laws and rules don't exist or are full of loopholes, or enforcement and penalties are too weak to prevent wrongdoing and penalize wrongdoers effectively. In total, there are 100 gaping loopholes in the federal government's accountability system.
Incredibly, the laws against illegal parking in Canada
are enforced more strongly and effectively than key
government accountability laws and rules, and in some
cases the penalties for parking illegally are higher than
for wrongdoing in the federal government!
You can see a list of the 100 loopholes at: http://www.dwatch.ca/camp/SummaryOfLoopholes.html
The problem is undeniable, as dozens of scandals have occurred and, in the recent years, Canada's federal government has dropped from 5th to 14th in the Global Corruption Rankings of governments, and left Canada in 19th position as a "moderate level" country among 100 countries whose federal government has been graded on key democratic and good government factors.
If the democratic and good government, and government accountability systems are not strengthened in many key ways, corruption will continue to infect the federal government, and the government will continue to fail to solve Canada's problems and continue to fail to address Canadians' concerns in many areas.
I will not vote for you or any of your party's representatives if you do not promise in writing to resign if you and your party does not do everything it can to close the 100 loopholes in the federal government's accountability system within one year after the upcoming federal election by passing strong, loophole-free rules, establishing fully-empowered, independent watchdog agencies, and ensuring violators face high penalties.
In summary, the federal government's overall
accountability system must be strengthened to add a new
honesty-in-politics law, and the existing lobbying
regulation, money in politics regulation and open
government regulation systems (including the whistleblower
protection system) must be strengthened in many key
To ensure wrongdoing is cleaned up and wrongdoers
identified and penalized, the powers of key government
accountability enforcement agencies must also be
strengthened. In addition, the Prime Minister's
powers to appoint people to law enforcement agencies and
call snap elections and sut down Parliament must be
restricted, and everyone in government must be required to
consult with Canadians' in meaningful ways before they
make decisions or policy changes.
Last but certainly not least, the government must help
citizens band together to counter the power of corporate
lobby groups by facilitating the creation of citizen
watchdog groups using a method that has worked very well
in the U.S.
The 100 loopholes make legal the following 25 dishonest,
unethical, secretive, unrepresentative and wasteful
actions by people involved in federal politics, even after
the passage of the so-called "Federal Accountability Act"
in December 2006:
Representative decision-making loopholes
Again, you can see a list of the 100 loopholes at: http://www.dwatch.ca/camp/SummaryOfLoopholes.html
I'm counting on you to prove you are a political leader by doing all you can to ensure that the changes set out above are made within the next two years, to finally put an end to dishonest, unethical, secretive, non-representative and wasteful "politics as usual" in the federal government.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
SEND YOUR LETTER BY MAIL calling for passage of a
federal Good Government
House of Commons
OR send your letter by email to all the federal
party leaders and key MPs and senators by copying the
following email addresses:
Provincial governments have a similar list of 100 loopholes in their good government laws, and to find the addresses of your provincial politicians to send a letter calling on them to close the loopholes, click here.
AND please send a copy of your letter by email to Democracy Watch at: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You can send your letter by fax or email
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
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Updated April 17, 2012
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