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Archive of posts filed under the Articles on Federal Government Public Accountability category.

Equity Statements: A New Approach to Public Accountability

Equity Statements: A New Approach to Public Accountability At the time this article was written Henry McCandless was a writer and consultant in accountability in Ottawa. He was research associate with the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation from 1994 to 1996. Public accountability is not just about enhancing standards of public answering; it is about installing […]

The Elected Representative’s Role in Public Accountability

The Elected Representative’s Role in Public Accountability At the time this article was written Henry McCandless was a Principal n the Audit Operations Branch of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Governments and their agencies need clear achievement objectives and fundamental rules included in their performance standards. But they also need accountability standards […]

Governance and Information: Myths, Realities and the Future

Governance and Information: Myths, Realities and the Future by Garth Graham, Cornelius F. Burk and Henry E. McCandless Canadian Parliamentary Review, Volume 17, No. 4 As legislators come to realize that they need better information for their governance roles, they must have assurance that management of information in government is a process that informs, and […]

Holding governments to account needs legislators, auditors general and citizens working together

This article explains how auditors general can better serve the accountability relationship between executive governments and the legislatures, and underscores the duty of legislators to install in the law the obligation of full and fair public accounting by governments such that auditors general can audit compliance with the law. Op-ed in the Ottawa Hill Times […]

Improving Public Trust in Politicians

This article was joint with Karin Howard, a former Ottawa city councilor, federal political party nominee candidate and public accountability advocate. It outlined fair accountability of politicians. Op-ed in the Ottawa Hill Times 21 April 2008 Improving Public Trust in Politicians By Karin Howard and Henry McCandless Public trust must be consistently earned for a […]

The article was to point out publicly to Senators what they could do for government public accounting, and was titled The Senate Can Cause Government to Account: Will It? The title given it by the Hill Times was inappropriate. OP-ed in the Ottawa Hill Times 20 November 2006 Senators should do the right thing: clean […]

Remarks by Henry E. McCandless to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The author’s remarks to the Senate committee followed those to the House of Commons. Remarks by Henry E. McCandless to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 5 September 2006 I’m grateful to the Committee for inviting me to be a witness for this hearing. As I noted to the Commons Legislative Committee […]

Speaking Notes of H. E. McCandless as Witness before the Legislative Review Committee on Bill C-2

The author was called upon to speak to the Commons committee on the Bill called the Accountability Act that subsequently passed without accountability provisions. Speaking Notes of H. E. McCandless as Witness before the Legislative Review Committee on Bill C-2 30 May 2006 This morning I wish simply to put before you the concept and […]

Harper’s Federal Accountability Act Isn’t About Accountability

This op-ed was to point out the purposefully misleading titling of a federal Act purporting to be about accountability, and the implications of the fraud.. A genuine Canada Public Accountability Act is not difficult to draw up. Article in the Ottawa Hill Times 22 May 2006 Harper’s Federal Accountability Act Isn’t About Accountability Stephen Harper’s […]

The Gomery Final Report

These comments were sent to the Gomery Commission and other authorities The Gomery Final Report Comments by Henry McCandless 12 Feb. 2006 Overall comments: 1. The executive government chose a commissioner not equipped to grasp how accountability and management control processes should work in large complex organizations. Yet these are the two issues central to […]