OTTAWA, ON – Last week, the Conservative Government formally introduced the proposed Federal Accountability Act in the House of Commons. An Action Plan for the Act was also released, which includes additional measures the Conservative Government will initiate, to deliver on all of its campaign promises to clean up government.
Mr. Tilson was available to comment on the introduction, “The Federal Accountability Act will create a new culture of accountability and bring an end to the years of political scandal brought on by previous governments. Hard-working Canadians who play by the rules expect more from their elected representatives and this is a necessary first step to regaining their trust.”
The Act and Action Plan would:
- reduce the opportunity to exert influence with money by banning corporate, union, and large personal political donations;
- give Canadians confidence that lobbying is done ethically with a five-year lobbying ban on former ministers, their aides, and senior public servants;
- ensure people who see problems in government know they can speak up by providing real protection for whistleblowers; and
- ensure Canadians know how their money is spent by enhancing the power for the Auditor General to follow the money.
Mr. Tilson added that the Government will work with Parliament to move this significant piece of legislation forward and will immediately begin to implement the non-legislative elements of the Action Plan. “We are committed to fulfilling this campaign promise to Canadians as quickly as possible. Making the government more efficient and honest is the priority of this new Government,” said Mr. Tilson.
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