Federal MP’s Exempt Themselves from Conflict of Interest Guidelines

ETHICS WATCHDOG TAKES PART IN CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS WITH MP’S

Federal MP’s have made another move towards more non-accountable practices despite the Conservative party claims that they are moving in an opposite direction.
According to a Toronto Star report,
Members of Parliament have exempted the cash and benefits they receive from political parties and riding associations from restrictions and public disclosure under the House of Commons conflict-of-interest code” after meeting this week in private to hash out a deal.
All four parties approved the change without a vote in the HOC after meeting privately and discovering they were unanimous in their direction.
Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson attended the meeting and gave evidence to the hearing but all testimony she gave has been hidden from the public. The public was not allowed in to the meetings. (And neither should have she attended those meeting)
Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch says that the new rules will simply erode any independence that backbencher MP’s have and may in fact make those MP’s more beholden to their party bosses instead of the voters who elected them.(Seems to be how things are here In Oxford)
Chalk one up for inaccessible and non-accountable government and shame on all of those parties(all of them!) for betraying Canadians once again.

Conacher says that the possibility of abuses on a scale of what is taking place in rosy old England has increased dramatically under this proposed system of unaccountability.
It is shocking that the person who is in charge of watching these people would have participated in a scheme to assist those MP’s in enriching themselves.

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Christ Bender! You could at least try to be a bit consistant. You're always bitching about how partisan Federal politics is. Now that all parties have come together and found an issue that unites them (lining their pockets and operating behind closed doors) you're still bitching. This is consensus poltiics at its best. What the hell does it take to make you happy. πŸ™‚

  2. jim bender
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    πŸ™‚
    Bastards….Let's fire the whole frigging lot of them:)


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