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All federal political parties have failed to ensure an effective corporate responsibility system
Corporate dishonesty, secrecy and irresponsibility abuses, kills and wastes people and the environment.
The head people at large corporations knew that tobacco, asbestos, food fats and additives, pesticides and pollution were harmful for years but kept it secret to make more money for themselves and their businesses.
Incredibly, the laws and enforcement of parking a car illegally are stronger than most corporate responsibility and bank accountability laws and enforcement systems in Canada, and in some cases the penalties for parking illegally are higher than for corporate executives who act dishonestly, unethically, secretively, irresponsibly or wastefully!
No federal political party has focused on strengthening Canada's corporate responsibility system in the past 140 years. Most recently, the federal Liberals had majority power from November 1993 to June 2004, and then after the June 2004 election controlled a minority of seats in Parliament, and then the federal Conservatives have controlled a minority of seats in Parliament since the January 2006 election.
The federal Liberals did not do nearly enough between 1993 and 2004 to ensure that Canada's largest corporations are effectively required to act honestly, ethically, openly, representatively or to prevent waste, and the federal Conservatives have also not done enough since January 2006.
And while the federal New Democratic Party (NDP), the Bloc Québecois Party, and the Green Party have focused more than the Liberals and Conservatives on strengthening the federal corporate responsibility system, they have also not made these changes a top priority issue.
Over 155,000 of Canada's large corporations are set up under Canada's federal corporations law, the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), including half of the largest 500 corporations in the country.
The CBCA sets out the basic rights and responsibilities for these corporations, and is essentially Canada's "corporate citizenship" law. The Corporate Responsibility Coalition is pushing for changes to the CBCA (set out below) to raise the standards of citizenship and responsibility for all these corporations.
There are many key corporate responsibility and bank accountability measures that are under ongoing review by the Canadian federal government. No matter what issue or problem concerns you, strengthening the federal corporate responsibility systems will help you win the changes and solutions you are pushing for.
The federal Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) and other federal laws that relate to corporate responsibility are reviewed by the federal government on an ongoing basis.
For all of these reasons, now is a key time to send a strong message to the leaders of all the federal political parties that you are fed up with the dishonest, unethical, secretive, unrepresentative, and wasteful actions of corporate and bank executives and you want key changes to make everyone involved in Canada's large corporations and banks act honestly, ethically, openly, responsibly and to prevent waste.
On corporate and bank onesty, ethics, openness, responsibility and waste prevention reforms, the federal government has not heard from citizens or citizen groups enough to counter the power of corporate lobby groups. It is important that you let the government know that you want significant corporate responsibility reforms.
Democracy Watch coordinates the Corporate Responsibility Coalition, made up of 31 groups from across Canada representing over 3.5 million Canadians, which pushes the federal government to strengthen corporate responsibility in Canada as part of Democracy Watch's Corporate Responsibility Campaign.
Democracy Watch also coordinates the Canadian Community Reinvestment Coalition, made up of 100 groups from across Canada representing over 3.5 million Canadians, which pushes the federal government to strengthen bank accountability in Canada as part of Democracy Watch's Bank Accountability Campaign.
Democracy Watch also has a Citizen Association Campaign, which pushes federal and provincial governments to use an innovative method for creating broad-based, well-resourced, citizen-funded and citizen-run associations to act as watchdogs over many corporate sectors. Both the Canadian Community Reinvestment Coalition and the Corporate Responsibility Coalition propose that creating such watchdog groups is a key step to increasing bank accountability and corporate responsibility in Canada.
PLEASE SEND A LETTER to all the federal political party leaders right now calling for key corporate responsibility and bank accountability changes.
The following SAMPLE LETTER provides a detailed list of changes -- all of which Democracy Watch and the 2 nation-wide coalitions Democracy Watch coordinates are pushing for to make Canada's largest corporations and banks responsible and accountable in key ways. You can easily pick and choose from among the list of changes to highlight the ones you think are most important, or send a letter demanding that all of the changes be implemented by the federal political parties.
To be most effective, please use the SAMPLE LETTER only as a model for writing your own letter, and please note that sending a letter by mail or fax is much more effective than sending an email.
Surveys show that a large majority of Canadians support strong measures to make corporations act responsibly, but the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) actually requires our largest corporations to pursue profits only and ignore the concerns of customers, communities, workers and the environment.
We need corporations that meet our needs and help build a better society for all. Your government can help ensure corporations pursue these goals by changing th CBCA and related laws to include the following measures:
To support the Corporate
Responsibility Coalition's campaign, please write
House of Commons
OR send your letter by email to all the federal
party leaders at:
OR send your letter by fax or email individually
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae
Bloc Québecois Leader Gilles Duceppe
You can also fax your letter to The Minister of Industry, Fax: (613) 992-0302.
Senate Banking Committee - Ask that your letter be
distributed to all Committee members, and send it to:
House of Commons Industry Committee - Ask that
your letter be distributed to all the Committee members,
and send it to:
PLEASE ALSO SEND a copy of your letter by email to
Democracy Watch at: <email@example.com>
Thank you for participating in our DemocratizACTION Network
Democracy Watch's Corporate Responsibility Campaign
September 23, 2011
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