18 December 2010
Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the passing of Canada’s Federal Accountability Act. This legislation was intended to give effect to many of the recommendations of a Royal Commission enquiring into allegations of widespread government corruption. Following a change of government, priority was given to establishing comprehensive remedial structures. The Act set up a series of agencies to monitor the integrity of Ministers and their officials.
Four years on, an NGO is very critical about the effectiveness of the legislation. Democracy Watch claims some provisions have not been put into operation and further changes are needed to plug dozens of loopholes. An implication is that the current government is replicating the poor practices of its predecessor.
A Democracy Watch report card itemises the improvements needed for “honest, ethical, open, representative and waste preventing government…”