Federal 2021: Government Transparency & Accountability

Federal 2021: Government Transparency & Accountability

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The policies outlined below are incomplete and will be updated as we approach the election so be sure to check in with us before the big day. This was put together by humans and is therefore imperfect. If you spot something missing or that appears biased please let us know through the “bull” button. Thank you, and happy choosing!

The 2021 federal election is upon us and platforms are dropping left, right, and centre. Rather than throw absolutely everything at you, we here at iCanParty will present platform items based upon overall themes. Where are these themes coming from? In the early weeks of the campaign, Angus Reid polled Canadians to find out what they felt were the most important things to them in the election campaign. Using this, we can examine party platforms plank by plank based upon the themes that Canadians find most important. In the end, voters will have to settle on a local candidate and a party at large to cast their vote. In the meantime, however, you can use our system to select which items are most important to you, personally, and build your own wish list of policy!

The theme presented here is that of Government Transparency and Accountability, an item that 75% of those polled rated at least a 6 (Agree) on the usual 7-point Likert scale (ranging from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree). Party platform planks related to this topic are listed below; links to the full party platforms can be found at the bottom.

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  • Use the government’s buying power to set standards and norms, requiring suppliers of goods and services to apply the highest ethical and sustainability standards across their supply chains

  • Strengthen federal procurement policies to integrate human rights, environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles and supply chain transparency principles


  • Toughen the Conflict of Interest Act by expanding the monetary penalties to cover all violations of the Act

  • Increasing the monetary penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act from a maximum of $500 to a maximum of $50,000, with the fine to be proportionate to the severity of the offence and the offender’s history and personal net worth

  • Amending the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament to prevent Members of Parliament from collecting speaking fees while serving in the House of Commons

  • Mandate full transparency by requiring all corporations and other organizations that lobby to register and report their meetings

  • Ban lobbying by an individual or entity on a matter that is the subject of a criminal proceeding

  • Prohibit the application of non-disclosure agreements in circumstances where an individual is disclosing information to a lawful authority or seeking medical assistance or legal advice.

  • Amend the Canada Evidence Act to ensure that Cabinet Confidence can no longer be used to shield government insiders from criminal investigation.

  • Fix Access to Information by giving the Commissioner of Information the power to make orders to departments to release information promptly,

  • Strengthen whistleblower protection by creating a strong federal legislative framework that will enable workers to speak up about wrongdoing without fear of reprisal

  • Mandate that government departments, Crown Corporations, and those receiving public funds publish more data in machine-readable formats using prevailing open standards

  • Pass a Foreign Agents Registry Act requiring individuals and companies acting as agents of designated foreign principals (country, corporation, entity or individual) in a political or quasi-political capacity including lobbying, policy development, advertising, and grassroots mobilization to register.

  • Amend the Elections Act to: Prohibit any entity that receives more than 2.5% of its total donations from foreign sources during the year before the writ period from advertising during the writ period or during the pre-election period; and create a positive obligation to trace all funds expended by an entity during a writ period to Canadian sources


  • Boost accountability, end insider benefits and take the influence of big money out of government for good

  • Bring in tougher penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act to ensure that the abuse of public trust is treated seriously

  • Fully ban cash-for-access events we will prohibit government officials from accepting donations from anyone whose private interest could be benefited by their decisions.

  • Prohibit corporations facing criminal charges from lobbying elected officials

  • Work with the provinces towards abolishing the Senate

  • Insist that the Senate change its rules so unelected Senators can't hold up legislation for months when it has already been adopted by the elected Members of Parliament

  • Introduce an ethical, social and environmental screen on government procurement

  • Empower the Auditor General to review taxpayer-funded government advertising to make sure that it is non-partisan


  • Give teeth and punitive power to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and and Ethics Commission.

  • Reintroduce a bill to reinstate public financing of political parties to political parties to eliminate any perception or possibility of cronyism.

  • Continue to advocate for an impartial process for judicial appointments.

  • Demand that the Liberals the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green Party to pay back every penny of taxpayers' money they pocketed from the wage subsidy.


  • Strengthen the Conflict of Interest Act to include financial and other penalties for politicians who break Conflict of Interest laws

  • Impose strict conflict of interest screening criteria for appointments to federal regulatory boards and agencies, minimizing the potential for bias and preferential access by the regulated industry.

  • Allow an independent oversight committee to review MPs’ salaries, expenses and office budgets, replacing the secretive Board of Internal Economy.

  • Strengthen the Lobbying Act to require greater transparency and prevent “revolving doors” between political life, the public service and lobbying.

  • Strengthen whistle-blower protections for public service employees and reaffirm the independence and integrity of the public service.

  • Expand the Access to Information Act to include the Prime Minister’s Office, minister’s offices, and administration of parliament.


  • The PPC do not address government accountability and transparency in their platform. If you feel this is in error and you can provide a place where the PPC officially comment on government accountability and transparency please contact us through the button located on the page above.



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  • Use the government’s buying power to set standards and norms, requiring suppliers of goods and services to apply the highest ethical and sustainability standards across their supply chains

  • Strengthen federal procurement policies to integrate human rights, environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles and supply chain transparency principles


  • Toughen the Conflict of Interest Act by expanding the monetary penalties to cover all violations of the Act

  • Increasing the monetary penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act from a maximum of $500 to a maximum of $50,000, with the fine to be proportionate to the severity of the offence and the offender’s history and personal net worth

  • Amending the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament to prevent Members of Parliament from collecting speaking fees while serving in the House of Commons

  • Mandate full transparency by requiring all corporations and other organizations that lobby to register and report their meetings

  • Ban lobbying by an individual or entity on a matter that is the subject of a criminal proceeding

  • Prohibit the application of non-disclosure agreements in circumstances where an individual is disclosing information to a lawful authority or seeking medical assistance or legal advice.

  • Amend the Canada Evidence Act to ensure that Cabinet Confidence can no longer be used to shield government insiders from criminal investigation.

  • Fix Access to Information by giving the Commissioner of Information the power to make orders to departments to release information promptly,

  • Strengthen whistleblower protection by creating a strong federal legislative framework that will enable workers to speak up about wrongdoing without fear of reprisal

  • Mandate that government departments, Crown Corporations, and those receiving public funds publish more data in machine-readable formats using prevailing open standards

  • Pass a Foreign Agents Registry Act requiring individuals and companies acting as agents of designated foreign principals (country, corporation, entity or individual) in a political or quasi-political capacity including lobbying, policy development, advertising, and grassroots mobilization to register.

  • Amend the Elections Act to: Prohibit any entity that receives more than 2.5% of its total donations from foreign sources during the year before the writ period from advertising during the writ period or during the pre-election period; and create a positive obligation to trace all funds expended by an entity during a writ period to Canadian sources


  • Boost accountability, end insider benefits and take the influence of big money out of government for good

  • Bring in tougher penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act to ensure that the abuse of public trust is treated seriously

  • Fully ban cash-for-access events we will prohibit government officials from accepting donations from anyone whose private interest could be benefited by their decisions.

  • Prohibit corporations facing criminal charges from lobbying elected officials

  • Work with the provinces towards abolishing the Senate

  • Insist that the Senate change its rules so unelected Senators can't hold up legislation for months when it has already been adopted by the elected Members of Parliament

  • Introduce an ethical, social and environmental screen on government procurement

  • Empower the Auditor General to review taxpayer-funded government advertising to make sure that it is non-partisan


  • Give teeth and punitive power to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and and Ethics Commission.

  • Reintroduce a bill to reinstate public financing of political parties to political parties to eliminate any perception or possibility of cronyism.

  • Continue to advocate for an impartial process for judicial appointments.

  • Demand that the Liberals the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green Party to pay back every penny of taxpayers' money they pocketed from the wage subsidy.


  • Strengthen the Conflict of Interest Act to include financial and other penalties for politicians who break Conflict of Interest laws

  • Impose strict conflict of interest screening criteria for appointments to federal regulatory boards and agencies, minimizing the potential for bias and preferential access by the regulated industry.

  • Allow an independent oversight committee to review MPs’ salaries, expenses and office budgets, replacing the secretive Board of Internal Economy.

  • Strengthen the Lobbying Act to require greater transparency and prevent “revolving doors” between political life, the public service and lobbying.

  • Strengthen whistle-blower protections for public service employees and reaffirm the independence and integrity of the public service.

  • Expand the Access to Information Act to include the Prime Minister’s Office, minister’s offices, and administration of parliament.


  • The PPC do not address government accountability and transparency in their platform. If you feel this is in error and you can provide a place where the PPC officially comment on government accountability and transparency please contact us through the button located on the page above.