and no one should be surprised that Canadian governments, politicians, government employees, corporations and big business executives act dishonestly, unethically, secretively, non-representatively or wastefully --- the system allows them to do so through weak rules, weak enforcement, and weak penalties.
This is not at all to say that all, most or even many
politicians, government employees or corporate
executives are dishonest, unethical, secretive,
non-representative or wasteful -- but if any of these
people act in these ways they will often not be caught,
let alone penalized, because of loopholes in laws and
rules and weak enforcement systems.
No matter what issue concerns you, strong good
government laws will help ensure that the government
addresses your concerns. History has shown that we
won't likely have a good country until we have good
governments, we won't have a clean environment until we
have clean governments, and we won't have a fair and
just society until we have fair and just governments.
Incredibly, the laws and enforcement of parking a car illegally are stronger than most government accountability and corporate responsibility laws and enforcement systems in Canada, and in some cases the penalties for parking illegally are higher than for government officials or corporate executives who act dishonestly, unethically, unrepresentatively, secretively or wastefully!
For the past more than 140 years, since Canada became a nation (and section 91 of the Constitution of Canada empowered politicians to "make Laws for the Peace, Order, and good Government of Canada"), politicians and government officials have not been passing strong good government laws, but instead have been playing a game by sometimes strengthening laws, but then weakening enforcement, or strengthening enforcement at the same time as creating loopholes in laws, and in almost every case penalties have remained too weak to discourage violations.
While governments and corporations do bad things for many reasons, often it is because they are operating in bad ways. Especially when governments operate in bad ways, they usually do not require corporations to act in good ways (because they make secret deals behind closed doors with corporate lobbyists).
And unfortunately, the public always pays one way or
another when governments or corporations act in bad
See set out on this page Action Alerts about Democracy Watch's campaigns to increase government accountability and corporate responsibility in Canada -- to ensure governments, politicians and their staff and appointees, and government employees, and corporations and corporate executives, all pay a price for acting irresponsibly.
Politicians, government officials, and big business
executives are resisting changes to the system that
would increase their accountability for
wrongdoing. Canadian politicians have control over
their own rules, and Canada's biggest corporations spend
$25 billion annually on their lobbying and promotion
efforts, so Canadians have to push hard if there is any
hope to counter the corporate lobby and win key
corporate responsibility changes. They just don't
get it, so we have to give it to them until they do!
We know the ongoing lack of response by governments and
big businesses to Canadians' concerns is discouraging,
but if we give up pushing then bad politicians and
governments and irresponsible big businesses will do
even more to hurt people, communities, the environment
and the Canadian economy.
You can help clean up the system to prevent future
scandals by simply writing
letters to politicians making it clear that you
are part of the large majority
of Canadians who are concerned and want changes to clean
up and democratize Canadian governments. Never
assume that no one else is writing a letter, because if
everyone assumes that then no one will write a
letter. Politicians actually get very scared when
only a small percentage of voters write them, because
they are very concerned about losing the next election.
Democracy Watch welcomes your support -- thank you for doing your part for democracy and corporate responsibility in Canada!
You can help clean up the Canadian federal Government Accountability System
so that more than 400 federal politicians, 2,000
political staff, 3,000 political appointees, and 400,000
government employees will all be effectively required to
act honestly, ethically, openly, representatively and to
prevent waste of the more than $230 billion of public
money they spend each year:
You can help clean up the Canadian federal Corporate Responsibility System so that 155,000 corporations (including half of the largest 500 corporations in Canada) will all be effectively required to act honestly, ethically, openly, representatively and to prevent waste
(NOTE: For details about how to help clean up the Ontario provincial corporate responsibility system, click here)
If you think Democracy Watch is exaggerating how much Canada's government accountability and corporate responsibility systems are the scandal, and how much Canadians want democratizing changes, consider the following survey results and reports: