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    Default So this is what "accountable" govt. looks like

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    DEMOCRACY WATCHDOG FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST HARPER GOVERNMENT
    WebPosted Thu, 25 May 2006 13:36:59

    ---An Ottawa-based democracy watchdog group filed a formal complaint on
    Thursday against the federal Conservative government for breaking a
    "baker's dozen" promises to tighten ethics and accountability policies.

    Democracy Watch filed the complaint with ethics commissioner Bernard
    Shapiro against Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Treasury Board President
    John Baird and Harper's director of communications Sandra Buckler.

    The group's letter of complaint also repeats its call for ethics
    commissioner Shapiro to resign for failing to vigorously enforce
    ethics rules.

    "Canadians have a right to be disappointed ," Democracy Watch coordinator
    Duff Conacher said at a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday.

    "Prime Minister Harper has broken promises that guaranteed a clean-up of
    the federal government and effective measures to ensure that public
    officials act honestly, ethically, openly and prevent waste."

    Conacher said the Conservative government has tried to skate around its
    failure to include all measures promised during and after January's
    federal election in its federal Accountability Act.

    The group says that on his first day as prime minister, Harper broke the
    first of five election promises when he released his new conflict of
    interest policy for public office holders.

    The five promises were all contained in the Conservative Party‚€™s
    election platfo

    rm, including pledges to extend to five years the period
    during which former ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public
    servants are banned from lobbying government.

    Democracy Watch says this pledge has been watered down so that it applies
    only to certain designated staffers and public officials who would only
    be constrained by a one-year cooling off period.

    The Conservative platform also promised to close the loopholes that allow
    ministers to vote on matters connected with their business interests as
    well as to allow members of the public ‚€” not just politicians ‚€” to
    make complaints to the ethics commissioner.

    Democracy Watch is challenging how these promises are being implemented.
    It says the list of broken promises also included pledges it says
    the government made to require ministers to record all contacts with
    lobbyists, to protect all whistleblowers and to promptly disclose
    whistleblower complaints.

    Conacher says the new Accountability Act also deletes from the ethics
    code a clause requiring politicians, their staff and senior public
    servants to "act with honesty."

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    DEMOCRACY WATCHDOG FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST HARPER GOVERNMENT
    WebPosted Thu, 25 May 2006 13:36:59

    ---An Ottawa-based democracy watchdog group filed a formal complaint on
    Thursday against the federal Conservative government for breaking a
    "baker's dozen" promises to tighten ethics and accountability policies.

    Democracy Watch filed the complaint with ethics commissioner Bernard
    Shapiro against Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Treasury Board President
    John Baird and Harper's director of communications Sandra Buckler.

    The group's letter of complaint also repeats its call for ethics
    commissioner Shapiro to resign for failing to vigorously enforce
    ethics rules.

    "Canadians have a right to be disappointed ," Democracy Watch coordinator
    Duff Conacher said at a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday.

    "Prime Minister Harper has broken promises that guaranteed a clean-up of
    the federal government and effective measures to ensure that public
    officials act honestly, ethically, openly and prevent waste."

    Conacher said the Conservative government has tried to skate around its
    failure to include all measures promised during and after January's
    federal election in its federal Accountability Act.

    The group says that on his first day as prime minister, Harper broke the
    first of five election promises when he released his new conflict of
    interest policy for public office holders.

    The five promises were all contained in the Conservative Party‚€™s
    election platform, including pledges to extend to five years the period
    during which former ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public
    servants are banned from lobbying government.

    Democracy Watch says this pledge has been watered down so that it applies
    only to certain designated staffers and public officials who would only
    be constrained by a one-year cooling off period.

    The Conservative platform also promised to close the loopholes that allow
    ministers to vote on matters connected with their business interests as
    well as to allow members of the public ‚€” not just politicians ‚€” to
    make complaints to the ethics commissioner.

    Democracy Watch is challenging how these promises are being implemented.
    It says the list of broken promises also included pledges it says
    the government made to require ministers to record all contacts with
    lobbyists, to protect all whistleblowers and to promptly disclose
    whistleblower complaints.

    Conacher says the new Accountability Act also deletes from the ethics
    code a clause requiring politicians, their staff and senior public
    servants to "act with honesty."

    Copyright (C) 2006 CBC. All rights reserved.

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    Default Re: So this is what "accountable" govt. looks like

    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze
    Conacher says the new Accountability Act also deletes from the ethics
    code a clause requiring politicians, their staff and senior public
    servants to "act with honesty."
    Got to love this bit. Were they using air quotes around "accountability" when they talked about this act or what?


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    Mr. Gibbs(Stephen Harper): We figured they were more actual *guidelines*

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