Transparency

Strengthening Oversight: Restoring and Improving Independent Commissions and Parliamentary Watchdogs

In Canada, independent commissions and parliamentary watchdogs play an important role in checking the exercise of executive power. To operate effectively, these agencies should be adequately funded, free from political interference, and afforded the powers necessary to investigate, monitor and report on the government’s conduct. In a parliamentary democracy these bodies also ensure oversight by answering to Parliament as a whole, as elected representatives of the Canadian people.

Your chance to protect civil liberties and get rid of C-51

From Oct. 17 to 21, we'll have a great chance to call on parliament to act to protect the right to dissent, when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will be holding in person consultations in 5 cities across Canada. Click for all the details.

A human rights policy for Canadian embassies is long overdue

A Memorial to Mariano Abarca in his home in Chicomuselo, Chiapas

By Charis Kamphuis and Danielle Ching.

In June of this year, Amnesty International called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address the issue of human rights with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the “Three Amigos Summit.” Amnesty International and other human rights organizations drew attention to the dangers faced by human rights defenders who are threatened,

Open letter from civil society and experts calling for public consultation on C-51

November 20, 2015

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C.
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

To the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Re: The Urgent Need for Debate on Bill C-51’s Legacy

Recent events in France have left people around the world, including Canadians, understandably shaken. It is difficult to see our friends suffering, and to imagine their lives under attack. However, as we look toward how we can best help our stricken friends, we are also calling on you to lead our country in helping Canada stay true to its values.

After ten years of abuse, Canadian democracy needs an overhaul

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

By Voices-Voix, iPolitics.ca, 24 November 2015

For a generation of young and new Canadians, their only experience of government is that of the past ten years. Simply reversing the worst of the Harper record isn’t enough

Canadian federal leadership failing its oceans, study finds

By Nereus Program, 16 October 2015

Canada has gone from being a world leader in ocean management to a country failing its oceans due to a lack of federal leadership in implementing ocean policy, the cutting of funding and resources to government ocean science, and the silencing of government scientists.

These findings are part of a new study in Marine Policy, co-authored by Nereus Program researchers, which states that “federal ocean policy and management have diverged substantially from marine science in the past decade”.

Broadbent Institute: Right-leaning charities continue to claim 0% political activity to CRA

By Broadbent Institute, September 2015

Right-leaning charities continue to report zero "political" activity to the Canada Revenue Agency while engaging in work that appears to meet the agency's definition. The new survey of 2014 tax filings raises fresh questions about the agency’s political-activity auditing program.

Broadbent Institute: Right-leaning charities continue to claim 0% political activity to CRA

A new report from the Broadbent Institute is raising questions once again about the political activity audits conducted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and whether or not the agency has unfairly focused on charities with missions that don’t align with the interests of the federal government.

The report finds nine out of 10 prominent right-wing charities claimed zero per cent of their budgets were used for political activity in the most recent fiscal year. The final filing for the tenth organization has yet to be submitted or made public by the CRA.

The Harper Record 2008 - 2015

This book, which builds on the 2008 collection The Harper Record, continues a 25-year tradition at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of periodically examining the records of Canadian federal governments during their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of the Mulroney, Chrétien and Martin governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in minority (from 2008 to 2011) and majority (from 2011 to 2015).

The 36 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into many aspects of the Harper government’s administration over the last two parliamentary sessions. From the economy to the environment, social programs to foreign policy, health care to tax cuts, the tar sands to free trade deals, and many other areas, these chapters dig through the facts and key moments for this government over the past seven years, highlighting in particular its policy response to the global financial crisis and Great Recession.

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