Democracy watchdog, Opposition say Tory open government plan falls short

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By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, 12 April 2012

Critics were quick to dismiss a Conservative blueprint for open government, saying it will fail to increase public integrity and transparency. [...]

Ottawa-based Democracy Watch said Thursday that the three-year federal plan — to be discussed next week at a major conference in Brazil — does nothing to fix dozens of flaws in key accountability legislation. [...]

Democracy Watch says the federal plan will only make some government information more easily available in electronic format — not truly improve openness or accountability. [...]

As a result, secret donations, hidden expenses and weak enforcement of good government laws will continue, Democracy Watch said. [...]

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