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Cabinet ministers' 2011 guide downplays ministerial accountability

Opposition MPs say changes may be an escape hatch for departments that get into trouble.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued new rules for his Cabinet ministers that in one section appear to reduce blame they must take for wrongdoing in their departments, but which also appear to be aimed at avoiding a repetition of the kind of scandals that marked his government over the past two years.

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Cabinet ministers' 2011 guide downplays ministerial accountability

Opposition MPs say changes may be an escape hatch for departments that get into trouble.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued new rules for his Cabinet ministers that in one section appear to reduce blame they must take for wrongdoing in their departments, but which also appear to be aimed at avoiding a repetition of the kind of scandals that marked his government over the past two years.

  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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