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‘Start holding your ministers to account when they break the rules’

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Thomas Mulcair has written to the Prime Minister about Jim Flaherty’s letter to the CRTC.

Your guidelines, Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers and Ministers of State document, which is available on your website, clearly outlines what you expect of Ministers. The guidelines state that “ministers must not intervene, or appear to intervene, with tribunals on any matter requiring a decision in their quasi-judicial capacity, except as permitted by statute.” 

That the application was unsuccessful hardly seems to count, when it comes to ethics there is no special award for attempted influence…

The Conservative Party promised over six years ago that “the time for accountability has arrived”, it’s time to close the gap between promises and reality. It’s time to take the first step by investigating the actions by Mr. Flaherty and start holding your ministers to account when they break the rules.