OTTAWA â€“ When it comes to making Parliament accountable, Canadians expect better â€“ and New Democrats have a plan to deliver better.
The NDP proposed three new measures today that could be implemented during the upcoming session and immediately elevate accountability for parliamentarians.
â€œAfter months of scandals in Ottawa, Canadians want better from parliamentarians, and the NDP has a plan to raise the bar on accountability,â€� said NDP Caucus Chair Peter Julian (Burnaby â€“ New Westminster). â€œWe challenge the Conservatives and the Liberals to agree to our proposal and agree to strengthen these rules government MPs and Senatorsâ€™ behavior.â€�
The NDP proposal would:
- Prohibits parliamentarians from sitting on the boards of big corporations.
- Stop parliamentarians from double-dipping by banning payment for work that is part of their job as an MP or Senator.
- Strengthen ethics rules by enshrining them into law and empowering the Ethics Commissioner to administer real penalties when politicians break the rules.
â€œCanadians expect and deserve greater accountability,â€� added NDP Justice critic FranÃ§oise Boivin (Gatineau). â€œBy enshrining more of these ethics rules into law, and giving the Ethics Commissioner real teeth, we can crack down on rule breaking parliamentarians.â€�
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