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House Government Bill
39th Parliament, 1st Session
April 3, 2006 - September 14, 2007
Text of the Bill
C-2
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An Act providing for conflict of interest rules, restrictions on election financing and measures respecting administrative transparency, oversight and accountability
Short Title
Federal Accountability Act
Statute of Canada
2006, c. 9
Last Stage Completed
Royal Assent (2006-12-12)
Progress: Royal Assent
 
Further Reading
Reading List
  • A plea for transparency in Canada's 'new government'. Hébert, Paul C. and Amir Attaran. CMAJ:Canadian Medical Association Journal, 176:601, Feb. 27, 2007
  • À propos de certains vices cachés du premier rapport Gomery. Paquet, Gilles. Éthique publique, 8:160-5, printemps 2006
  • Accountability is job one. Baird, John. Policy options, 27:10-14, June 2006
  • Accounting and accountability. Laing, Rosemary. Australasian parliamentary review, 22:19-27, Autumn 2007
  • Alarmist or relaxed?: election expenditure limits and free speech. Marriott, Jane. Public law, pp. 764-84, Winter 2005
  • Améliorer la reddition de comptes. Coutts, Jane. CGA magazine, 40:13-18, sept./oct. 2006
  • Améliorer la responsibilisation gouvernementale. Aucoin, Peter. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 29: 20-7, automne 2006
  • Benchmarking parliamentary administration: the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Verrier, June. Australasian parliamentary review, 22:45-75, Autumn 2007
  • Blowing the whistle. Gordon, Sheldon. National, 13:22-9, Nov. 2004
  • Build an ethical organizational culture before the whistle blows. Dempsey, Alison L. Law now, 29:9-10, Feb./Mar. 2005
  • Buying power. Bogomolny, Laura. Canadian business, 79:18-19, Jan. 16, 2006
  • C-2 : quand les effets pervers dépassent les conséquences positives. Rouillard, Christian. Options politiques, 27:28-33, juin 2006
  • Canadians come clean. Freeman, Aaron. Multinational monitor, 24:6-7, Mar. 2003
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, Phase I Report and Phase II Report. Greene, Ian and David Sugarman. Canadian public administration, 49:220-32, Summer 2006
  • Commissions of inquiry in Canada: lessons from recent experience. Larson, Peter. IPAC executive brief, pp. 1-6, Sept. 2006
  • Debating a whistle-blower protection act for employees of the Government of Canada. Thomas, Paul G. Canadian public administration, 48:147-84, Summer 2005
  • Deep Throat's lessons for whistleblowers. O'Connell, Patricia. Business Week online, June 6, 2005
  • Do Canadian political parties form a cartel?. MacIvor, Heather. Canadian journal of political science, 29:317-33, June 1996
  • Do John Gomery's access reforms shift information power in Ottawa or not?. Rubin, Ken. The Hill Times, no. 824:13, Feb. 13, 2006
  • Don't fight city hall: change it. Canadian business, 78:100, Sept. 26, 2005
  • Election financing in Canada. Mowrey, Tim and Alain Pelletier. Electoral insight, 4:2-8, May 2002
  • Electoral reform: smaller political parties win a legal victory. Cariou, Kimball. Briar patch, 28:9, May 1999
  • Examen parlementaire du budget des dépenses : initiatives et perspectives d'avenir. Stilborn, Jack. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 29:22-8, hiver 2006-2007
  • From Gomery to the Accountability Act: the devil is in the details. Franks, C.E.S. Policy options, 27:46-53, June 2006
  • Funding political parties : can a fair system be devised?. Payne, David. Canadian parliamentary review, 22:7-12, Winter 1999
  • Improving accountability. Coutts, Jane. CGA magazine, 40:13-18, Sept./Oct. 2006
  • Improving government accountability. Aucoin, Peter. Canadian parliamentary review, 29:20-6, Autumn 2006
  • Independent inquiry needed into firing of whistleblowers. Eggertson, Laura. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal, 171:438, Aug. 31, 2004
  • La quête de transparence : panacée ou placebo aux scandales politiques?. Jacob, Steve. Éthique publique, 8:165-9, printemps 2006
  • La voix de la dénonciation. Gualtieri, Joanna. CA magazine, 137:43-5, août 2004
  • Le Bureau de l'intégrité de la fonction publique. Keyserlingk, Edward W. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 25:37-9, hiver 2002/2003
  • Le financement des partis politiques : peut-on concevoir un système équitable?. Payne, David. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 22:7-12, hiver 1999
  • Le 'nouveau gouvernment' du Canada - Plaidoyer en faveur de la transparence. Hébert, Paul C. and Amir Attaran. CMAJ:Canadian Medical Association Journal, 176:603, Feb. 27, 2007
  • Le palimpseste de l'imputabilité. Paquet, Gilles. Revue générale de droit, 36:561-78, no 4 2006
  • Le scandale des commandites et les misères de la démocratie canadienne. Beauchemin, Jacques. Éthique publique, 8:155-9, printemps 2006
  • Les arguments en faveur d'une loi sur la dénonciation dans la fonction publique. Kinsella, Nöel A. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 24:10-12, été 2001
  • Les faits ne parlent pas d'eux-mêmes : thèses et théories dans l'analyse de la commission Gomery. Saint-Martin, Denis. Éthique publique, 8:173-8, printemps 2006
  • Les fonctionnaires sont-ils 'payés pour se la fermer'?. Bernier, Pierre. Éthique publique, 8:169-73, printemps 2006
  • Les témoignages des administrateurs des comptes devant le Comité des comptes publics. Murphy, Shawn. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 30:4-6, été 2007
  • Limiting donations and eliminating cash - problem solved? Not exactly. MacIvor, Heather. Policy options, 27:34-9, June 2006
  • Lobbyists waiting to see on Harper government lobby laws. O'Malley, Kady. The Hill Times, no. 823:20, Feb. 6, 2006
  • More central control: Chrétien's campaign finance bill further erodes public influence in federal politics. Byfield, Joanne. Citizens Centre report, 30:50-3, June 2003
  • Not a regime change. A revolution. Geddes, John. Maclean's, 119:16-17, Feb. 13, 2006
  • Parliamentary privilege and members' sources of information. Attwood, Julie. Australasian parliamentary review, 17:87-96, Spring 2002
  • Parliamentary review of estimates: initiatives and prospects. Stilborn, Jack. Canadian parliamentary review, 29:22-7, Winter 2006-2007
  • Pour en finir avec le lobbying : comment les institutions canadiennes influencent l'action des groupes d'intérêts. Montpetit, Éric. Politique et sociétés, 21:91-112, no 3 2002
  • Principles and patterns of financial scrutiny: public accounts committees in the Commonwealth. Wehner, Joachim. Commonwealth & comparative politics, 41:21-36, Nov. 2003
  • Protecting whistleblowers: do employees who speak need better protection?. Katel, Peter. CQ researcher, 16:265-88, Mar. 31, 2006
  • Public administration and managerialist fervour for values and ethics: of collective confusion in control societies. Rouillard, Christian and Dalie Giroux. Administrative theory & praxis, 27:330-57, June 2005
  • Public service waits for new whistleblower protection office. O'Malley, Kady. The Hill Times, no. 798:13, Aug. 1, 2005
  • Rapport Gomery : pour un changement de culture et une réforme en profondeur de la Loi sur l'accès. L'informateur public et privé, 12:5-6, juin 2006
  • Reflections on the Gomery Report and accountability. Allmand, Warren. Canadian parliamentary review, 29:17-19, Autumn 2006
  • Réflexions sur le rapport Gomery et la responsabilité. Allmand, Warren. Revue parlementaire canadienne, 29:17-19, automne 2006
  • Responsabilité ministérielles, gouvernance démocratique et vérification juricomptable. Rouillard, Christian et Sharon L. Sutherland. Éthique publique, 8:178-84, printemps 2006
  • Safe disclosure. Dionisi, Sandra. CA magazine, 136:20, 22-5 ff, Oct. 2003
  • Scandales des commandites, rapport Gomery : quelles leçons?. Boisvert, Yves et Jean-Patrice Desjardins. Éthique publique, 8:149-54, printemps 2006
  • Speaking truth to power? The search for bureaucratic independence in Canada. Sossin, Lorne. University of Toronto law journal, 55:1-59, Winter 2005
  • The appearance of accounting officers before the Public Accounts Committee. Murphy, Shawn. Canadian parliamentary review, 30:4-6, Summer 2007
  • The case of whistle-blowing legislation in Canada. Kinsella, Nöel A. Canadian parliamentary review, 24:8-10, Summer 2001
  • The Charter of Rights and party politics. MacIvor, Heather. Choices, 10:1-26, May 2004
  • The fiscal maze: Parliament, government and public money. Brazier, Alex. Parliamentary affairs, 60:346-55, Apr. 2007
  • The impact of performance budgeting on the role of the legislature: a four-country study. Sterck, Miekatrien. International review of administrative sciences, 73:189-203, no. 2 2007
  • The old accountability shuffle. Sears, Robin V. Policy options, 27:19-27, June 2006
  • The proper use of transparency instruments. Caron, Daniel J. and Terry D. Hunt. Optimum online, 36:1-23, Sept. 2006
  • The pros and cons of commissions of inquiry. Gomery, John H. McGill law journal, 51:783-98, Winter 2006
  • The Public Service Integrity Officer. Keyserlingk, Edward W. Canadian parliamentary review, 25:32-4, Winter 2002/2003
  • The right to be heard. Canadian business, 79:64, Jan. 30, 2006
  • The sponsorship scandal as communication: the rise of politicized and strategic communications in the federal government. Kozolanka, Kirsten. Canadian journal of communication, 31:343-66, no. 2 2006
  • The unaccountable Federal Accountability Act: goodbye to responsible government?. Sutherland, S.L.. Revue gouvernance, 3:1-10, Dec. 2006
  • Une déprimante culture de l'adjudication. Paquet, Gilles. Policy options, 27:40-5, juin 2006
  • Watching out for whistle-blowers. Marron, Kevin. Canadian lawyer, 29:42-5, Nov./Dec. 2005
  • Whistleblower protection needed in Canada: advocates. Lenzner, Jeanne. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal, 171:439, Aug. 31, 2004
  • Whistleblowers : all truth is good, but not all truth is good to say. Bowal, Peter. Law now, 27:32-4, June/July 2003
  • Whistling in the wind. Cohen, Lynne. Canadian lawyer, 27:35-41, Nov./Dec. 2003
  • Why accountability must be renewed. Coghill, Ken et al.. Australasian parliamentary review, 21:10-48, Spring 2006
Party Press Releases
  • Accountability Act Passes, but Much Work Still Needed (Liberal Party)
  • Accountability Act puts convention in jeopardy (Liberal Party)
  • Conservatives critical of own legislation
  • Conservatives Must Not Water Down Accountability Measures (Liberal Party)
  • Conservatives put secrecy ahead of the public’s right to know (New Democratic Party)
  • Federal Accountability Act becomes law (Conservative Party)
  • Francisation du projet de loi sur l’imputabilité : le Bloc Québécois proposera que le mot « imputabilité » soit remplacé par « responsabilité » (Available in French only)
  • Les conservateurs tentent de faire adopter à toute vapeur un projet de loi incomplet et inapplicable (Bloc Québécois) (Available in French only)
  • Liberal attempts to strengthen Accountability Act defeated by Conservatives and NDP
  • Liberals propose extensive amendments to tighten up Accountability Act
  • NDP hails passing of Accountability Act
  • NDP proposes amendments to improve Public Appointments Commission
  • NDP will move to add floor crossing to Accountability Act
  • NDP wins key amendments to Federal Accountability Act
  • Projet de loi sur l’imputabilité : plusieurs propositions du Bloc Québécois sont retenues (Available in French only)
  • Protection des dénonciateurs d’actes répréhensibles : Stephen Harper doit promulguer le projet de loi C-11 immédiatement (Bloc Québécois) (Available in French only)
  • The Conservatives' Accountability Joyride (Liberal Party)
  • The Conservatives’ "Selective" Accountability Act (Liberal Party)
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  • Information Notice - Access to Information and Privacy - Coming into Force of the Federal Accountability Act
  • New Reporting Requirements Under the Canada Elections Act for Gifts to Candidates
  • New Rules for Federal Political Donations
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada. Response to the Government's action plan for reform of the Access to Information Act
  • Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists
  • Public Service Integrity Office
  • Public Service Integrity Officer Annual Report to Parliament 2004-2005
  • Strengthening the Access to Information Act A Discussion of Ideas Intrinsic to the Reform of the Access to Information Act
  • Submission to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-2, the Federal Accountability Act, concerning the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act
  • There are limits to what you can give
  • Turning a New Leaf - Federal Accountability Act and Action Plan
  • Whistleblowers, and governments, need more protection
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