One more time: Senate can be a Chamber for accountability, but thus far hasn’t

Hill Times, Ottawa, 14  July 2014   p.17 One more time: Senate can be a Chamber for accountability, but thus far hasn’t.   The Hill Times gave my article in the Sept 9 2013 issue the accurate heading for the Senate’s means of regaining public respect: “There is another option: making sober second thought effective.” There …

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There is another option: making sober second thought effective

The Senate can do important and unique work. but full and fair public explanation by decision-makers before they act is key to having citizens gain control over what goes on in their societies. Ottawa — The Prime Minister appears to want the expense scandal to “fester” (Hill Times on Sept. 2 ) to force Canadians …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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