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Ambassador Barton’s financial interests conflict with Canada’s interests

Opinion|By Duff Conacher
Dominic Barton should sell all investments he can sell, and remove himself from decisions that affect any investments he can't sell.
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
Until all the loopholes are closed, and the act and code are strongly enforced by a truly independent watchdog, then secret, unethical lobbying will continue to tilt federal government decision-making in favour of wealth
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
Given the minority government, the next election could happen any time, so our election law needs to be strengthened as soon as possible to ensure our next election is more fair, honest and democratic.
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
How much longer do we have to wait for a law enforcement system that upholds the rule of law for everybody?
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
It’s long past time for federal political parties to close the unethical loopholes, and ensure a fully independent, fully empowered, accountable and strong ethics commissioner is appointed to enforce the rules, and to penalize all violators.
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
Everyone should question whether the information about cabinet decisions that Vice-Admiral Norman allegedly shared really was secret, and therefore whether sharing that information should be included as evidence of his alleged breach of trust.
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
The ban should be changed into a sliding scale from one to five years that applies to all politicians, staff, appointees, and government officials—with a longer cooling-off period for people who have more power and connections, and a shorter cooling-off period for people with neither. The commissioner of lobbying should be empowered to decide the specific period for each person.
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
These changes won’t stop bribery but they will discourage it by making it more clearly illegal, and by increasing the chances of getting caught. Until all Canadian jurisdictions—federal, provincial, territorial and municipal—make these changes, big money will continue to dominate, and corrupt, our politics.
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Opinion|By Duff Conacher
The overall issue is ensuring the review process, including any referendum, meets best-practice democratic standards.

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