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Senator Day Raises Importance of Implementing Federal Accountability Act

Senator Day Raises Importance of Implementing Federal Accountability Act

Senator Day Raises Importance of Implementing Federal Accountability Act

Senator Day Raises Importance of Implementing Federal Accountability Act


Published on 22 May 2008
Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day

Hon. Joseph A. Day:

Honourable senators, I rise today to join in Senator Oliver’s inquiry into the implementation of the Federal Accountability Act, Bill C-2. You may not be surprised to hear that my views are rather different from those of Senator Oliver.

I was the opposition critic during the study of Bill C-2 and, along with others I know of in this chamber, I have followed closely the process since the bill was passed and received Royal Assent on December 12, 2006.

To give honourable senators some reflection on what was included in Bill C-2, there was conflict of interest legislation; there was access to information; there was the creation of the Director of Public Prosecutions; there was a Public Appointments Commission; there was lobbying legislation; and there was a Parliamentary Budget Officer, an Ethics Commissioner, the Procurement Ombudsman and the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner with respect to whistle-blowing legislation.

Honourable senators, in the time available to me today, I cannot deal with all of those items. However, I will speak briefly to conflict of interest, the public appointments commissioner and lobbying, primarily because Senator Oliver touched on those areas during his presentation.

 

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