Highlights of Federal Accountability Act
Canadian Press Ottawa —
Reform financing of political parties to reduce big-money influence by banning secret donations and donations from companies, unions and associations. Also limit individual donations to $1,000.
Reduce the influence of lobbyists by toughening the Lobbyists Registration Act.
Strengthen the role of the federal Ethics Commissioner with a new Conflict of Interest Act and a new Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.
Create a parliamentary budget officer to ensure objective analysis on government finances.
Ensure government appointments are based on merit.
Create a clean, transparent process for awarding government contracts, including appointing a procurement auditor.
Provide protection and a $1,000 reward for whistleblowers who disclose government wrongdoing.
Expand access to information legislation to cover some Crown corporations, federal foundations, and agents of Parliament such as the Auditor-General.
Give the Auditor-General more power.