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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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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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 …

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Federal Election: Preaching Accountability But Ducking It

This letter was to point out the lack of parliamentary understanding of public accountability and its service to the public good. The Editor, Hill Times Letter in the Ottawa Hill Times 5 Dec.05 29 Federal Election: Preaching Accountability But Ducking It In plain common sense, public accountability is the obligation of authorities to explain publicly, …

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