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Government & Democracy

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Conflict-of-interest

Conservative

  • Introduce real penalties for violations of the Conflict of Interest Act.
  • Disallow the indirect holding of shares by Cabinet ministers.
  • Increase oversight powers of the Ethics Commissioner to request additional information about the content of meetings.
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NDP

Bring in tougher penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act and fully ban cash-for-access events.

Green

  • Strengthen the Conflict of Interest Act to include financial and other penalties for breaking the law.
  • Impose strict conflict of interest screening criteria for appointments to federal regulatory boards and agencies.

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Diversity in politics

Liberal

  • Ensure another gender-balanced Cabinet reflecting the diversity of Canada.
  • Improve diversity in appointments to federal agencies and bodies, and promote more qualified diverse Canadians to senior positions within the public service.

NDP

Reform the electoral system and introduce legislation to encourage political parties to run more women candidates.

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Electoral reform

NDP

  • Bring in Mixed Member Proportional Representation in a first mandate in government.
  • Establish an independent citizen's assembly to recommend how to put it in place for the next election.
  • After that election is held, hold a referendum to confirm the choice.

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Green

  • Ensure that the 2019 election is the last "first past the post" election.
  • Launch a Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform mandated to make recommendations on an electoral system that would "make every vote count".
  • Recommendations would be implemented in time for the 2023 election.

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Government Transparency

Green

  • Scrap all fees except the filing fee on Access to Information requests.
  • Provide enforceable deadlines.
  • Authorize the Information Commissioner to order the release of information.
  • Place the administration of parliament, the PMO, and ministers' offices within ATI.

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Government advertising

NDP

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

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Government security

Conservative

  • Conduct periodic cyber security penetration testing on all government departments.
  • Establish a Cabinet Committee on Cyber Security and Data Privacy.

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Intergovernmental cooperation

Green

Establish a Council of Canadian Governments, including federal, provincial, territorial, local, and Indigenous governments, to set higher order policy priorities, with the goal of optimizing public spending.

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Lobbying

Conservative

  • Prohibit those charged with a criminal offence from lobbying for changes to laws that would benefit them in their own criminal proceeding.
  • Increase oversight powers of the Lobbying Commissioner to request additional information about the content of meetings.
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NDP

Prohibit corporations facing criminal charges from lobbying elected officials.
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Green

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

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Municipal government

Green

  • Encourage City Charters to give more autonomy to cities.
  • Reduce interest rates to municipalities on loans for infrastructure.
  • Create a Municipal Fund for federal transfers to municipalities, with double current funding.
  • Allocate 1% of GDP to municipal infrastructure and housing.

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Parliamentary reform

Liberal

  • Allocate more time for debating and voting on Private Members' Business.
  • Introduce new technology or other institutional changes to connect MPs with constituents.
  • Eliminate the use of whip and party lists in calling on MPs who wish to speak.
  • Provide more resources to committees.

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Green

  • Direct the Speaker to enforce existing rules to minimize the power of party whips over individual MPs.
  • Set up an all-party commission to select a board deciding Governor-in-Council appointments.
  • Strengthen the role and independence of parliamentary officers.

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Public bidding

Green

Require successful bidders on federal infrastructure contracts to maximize spin-off community benefits of such contracts.

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Public service whistleblowers

Conservative

  • Shift burden of proof from whistleblowers to employers in cases of reprisals.
  • Provide legal & procedural advice to any public servant seeking to make a protected disclosure or file a reprisal complaint.
  • Expand current protections to include those working on government contracts.
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Green

Reaffirm the independence and integrity of the public service and strengthen whistle-blower protections for public service employees.

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The Senate

NDP

  • Work with the provinces towards abolishing the Senate.
  • Insist the Senate change its rules to prevent Senators holding up legislation already adopted by the Commons.

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Voting age

NDP

Lower the voting age to 16.

Green

Lower the voting age to 16.