LIBERALS WANT NEW ETHICS WATCHDOG TO BE AN UNACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT LAPDOG
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
OTTAWA - Democracy Watch today praised the efforts of opposition party MPs on the House Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for trying to correct the serious flaws in the new ethics enforcement system proposed in Bill C-34 at Committee hearings yesterday. Only Liberal MPs on the Committee voted against amendments proposed by NDP, Canadian Alliance, PC and Bloc Québecois MPs.
"By rejecting the reasonable changes proposed by opposition MPs, the Liberals have ensured that the new ethics watchdog for ministers will be an unaccountable, government-controlled lapdog," said Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch and Chairperson of the Government Ethics Coalition.
The Liberals rejected amendments that would have strengthened the ethics enforcement system in the following ways (opposition MPs on the Committee voted in favour of all amendments set out below):
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