Sunday, May 29, 2005

 

Ethics in the House of Commons?

Here's an interesting excerpt from: The Act to Amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Ethics Commissioner and Senate Ethics Officer) and other Acts in Consequence, which received royal assent on March 31, 2004, and was proclaimed two months later, on May 17, 2004 - as reported in the

Canadian Parliamentary Review, Vol.28 No.1, 2005)


I think I'll nip out tomorrow and make 153 copies of this. Maybe the government forgot to get it printed. (Update: I guess I'll get 206 copies. That'll cover the Bloc too.)

"....the new code states that members are expected “to fulfill their public duties with honesty and uphold the highest standards so as to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interests, and maintain and enhance public confidence and trust in the integrity of each Member and in the House of Commons” (2(b)). This is a more modest demand than appeared in an earlier draft, which proposed that members were expected “to fulfil their public duties with honesty and uphold the highest ethical standards, so as to maintain and enhance public confidence and trust in the integrity of each parliamentarian and in the institution of Parliament….”5 Both, however, are alike in making a positive demand that members act in an ethical way rather than making a negative prohibition against specific undesirable behaviour. "

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