LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES EMBRACE SENATE-STYLE SELF-POLICING
OTTAWA â€“ The NDP rejects the majority report of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee which states that the current level of disclosure is â€œsufficient for the transparency and accountability of the House of Commonsâ€�.
â€œLiberals and Conservatives both seem happy with the current Senate-style self-policing,â€� said NDP Caucus Chair Peter Julian, after tabling the NDPâ€™s dissenting report in the House. â€œBut Canadians are tired of secrecy, entitlement and backroom deals. Liberals and Conservatives will use smoke and mirrors and band-aid solutions to try and deflect the attention from the only real solution, which is an independent oversight body.â€�
An NDP motion that was adopted unanimously by all parties in the House on June 18, 2013 and reaffirmed on October 21, 2013 instructed the Procedure and House Affairs Committee (PROC) to conduct hearings with a view to replace the secretive Board of Internal Economy (BOIE). Against the Auditor Generalâ€™s supportive recommendations, the Committeeâ€™s Liberal and Conservative members concluded that the status quo is adequate.
â€œCanadians want to fix Ottawa. The NDP is the only party actually trying to do just thatâ€�, said Julian.
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