Media complicit in Trudeau’s appointments scandal

For years the media simply parroted Trudeau's contentions of transparency, rather than fact-checking his claims

Media complicit in Trudeau’s appointments scandalThroughout 2016, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers claimed repeatedly they were changing the Cabinet appointment system to ensure it was “transparent, open and merit-based.” Very unfortunately, every media outlet reported the claims without checking whether they were true. At the beginning of 2017, the Liberals issued an announcement saying the changes had…

An open government doesn’t close doors to information

The case of Vice-Admiral Norman shouldn't be about disclosing cabinet secrets, it should be about loyalty, ethical behaviour and adhering to codes of conduct

An open government doesn’t close doors to informationIn addressing the issues raised by the situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, some commentators, and the federal cabinet, are confusing the requirements of loyalty and ethical behaviour that apply to federal public officials with the much more limited duty to keep cabinet secrets. Based on the evidence made public, Norman's communication with an executive from the…

How to stop Big Money from corrupting Canadian politics

We will only eliminate corruption in politics if we impose strict limits on fundraising and spending

How to stop Big Money from corrupting Canadian politicsWe need a clear set of new, stringent rules to stop big money from corrupting Canadian politics at all levels. While the federal government banned corporate and union donations in 2007, its $3,050 annual donation limit for individuals ($1,525 to a party and the same amount to its riding associations) is still much more than…

Electoral reform requires broad Canadian input

We need consultation, and a decision-making process that is inclusive, fair and open

Electoral reform requires broad Canadian inputTo referendum or not to referendum — that is not the only electoral reform question. The overall issue is ensuring the entire review process meets best-practice democratic standards. As Canada heads toward democratic reform, the first important question is the makeup of the committee of politicians who will lead the public consultation. Normally, the Liberal…

Trudeau’s ethics guide to ministers is full of loopholes

Tough new rules are needed to ensure that cabinet ministers and their staff stay true to new ethical standards

Trudeau’s ethics guide to ministers is full of loopholesJustin Trudeau's mandate letters to ministers reminds them that they must be honest, impartial and maintain the highest ethical standards, including avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest. However, the prime minister's accountability guide, which sets out the above standards, is not legally binding. Neither the letters nor the guide set out any penalties for…

Liberals won a precarious majority

Received lowest percentage of votes to win the largest percentage of seats since 1867

Liberals won a precarious majorityYou wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but the federal Liberals just received the lowest percentage of votes to win the largest percentage of seats since 1867 – 54.4 per cent of the seats with just 39.5 per cent voter support. As a result, the Liberals should act like they are fully aware their minority…