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Government Ethics Campaign - 2004

Set out below are documents produced by Democracy Watch's Government Ethics Campaign in 2004 (in reverse chronological order):
  • OP-ED: Many Changes Needed Before Canada Will be a Democracy (Hill Times (January 10, 2005) and Toronto Star (December 29, 2004))
  • NEWS RELEASE: Liberals Let Secret Corporate Lobbying Continue, Fail to Make Bill C-15 Law and Watchdog Independent (November 22, 2004)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Ontario Government Takes First Steps Toward Democratic Reforms, But Much More Needs to Be Done (November 18, 2004)
  • RADIO PIECE: Duff Conacher on CBC Radio's "The House" re: Former Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lyle Vanclief Violates Ethics Rules By Becoming Lobbyist (Click on link for September 11, 2004 show -- piece starts 27 minutes, 50 seconds into the show, and ends 35 minutes, 12 seconds into the show)
  • NEWS RELEASE: New Cabinet Won't Act in Public Interest Until Honesty, Ethics, Openness, Spending and Donations Laws Strengthened (July 23, 2004)
  • COURT DECISION (Democracy Watch won the case): Decision of Federal Court in Democracy Watch v. Office of the Ethics Counsellor (July 9, 2004)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Many Voters Won't Vote, Parties Won't Receive Majority, Until System is Fully Democratized (June 29, 2004)
  • RADIO INTERVIEW: Duff Conacher on CBC Radio's "The Current" re: democratic reforms needed to increase voter turnout (June 28, 2004 - scroll down to heading "Listen to The Current: Part 1" on page link takes you to)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Federal Parties Promises Not Enough to Ensure Honest, Accountable Federal Government and Responsible Corporations, Report Card on Platforms Reveals (June 25, 2004)
  • COURT FACTUM: Democracy Watch's Legal Arguments in Court Challenge of Federal Ethics Counsellor (May 17, 2004)
  • TV INTERVIEW: Duff Conacher on CBC TV's Disclosure re: Federal Ethics Counsellor and Paul Martin (CBC TV, April 6, 2004 -- scroll down on page link takes you to until you see title of piece "No Disclosure")
  • NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch Hails Passage of Bill C-4, Ethics Enforcement for Federal Politicians Closer Than Ever in Canadian History (March 31, 2004)
  • WEBSITE REPORT: Democracy Watch Coordinator Writes Canada Report for 2004 Global Corruption Report (March 25, 2004)
  • OP-ED: Whistleblowers Deserve Better (Hill TImes, March 22, 2004)
  • OP-ED: Politicians' Secret Bank Accounts Must Be Banned-A Recipe for Corruption (February 26, 2004)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch Calls on Senate, and PM to Strengthen Bill C-4 and Other Measures to Ensure Effective Ethics/Spending Enforcement (February 17, 2004)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Nothing But Key Changes to Spending System Will Prevent More Government Waste (February 10, 2004)
  • RADIO INTERVIEW: Duff Conacher on CBC's "The Current" re: ethics of Paul Martin and Belinda Stronach as political leaders (February 5, 2004 - scroll down to heading "The Current: Part Two - Rich Politicians" on page link takes you to)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Liberal Democratic Reforms Too Weak to Reduce Government's Democratic Deficit (February 4, 2004)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Democracy Watch Files Ethics Complaints Against Lobbyists That Donated to Liberal Leadership Candidates (January 30, 2004)
  • NEWS RELEASE: Martin Weakens Ethics Rules So He Can Vote on Laws That Affect Shipping, Fails To Correct Serious Flaws in Ethics Rules (January 29, 2004)
  • RADIO INTERVIEW: Duff Conacher on CBC Radio's "The House" re: Paul Martin's democratic reform plan (Click on link for January 3, 2004 show -- interview starts 11 minutes, 50 seconds into the show, and ends 18 minutes, 20 seconds into the show)

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