Online Party of Canada - PACT Party for Accountability Competency and Transparency

Online Party of Canada - PACT Party for Accountability Competency and Transparency

March 27, 2015 07:00 ET

VotePACT Top Issue for 2015 Elections: Sound Governance

Fighting Corruption and Incompetence through Transparency and Accountability

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2015) -

The following is a statement from PACT - Party for the Accountability Competency and Transparency, Canada's newest federally registered political party, in regards to the upcoming General Elections.

This year Canadians have a clear choice to make: to continue voting for the same old traditional political parties - Liberals or Conservatives - or to vote for real change. There are 15 other political parties registered and running Candidates in this year's elections, offering lots of alternatives.

PACT has launched a new kind of political Platform: Participatory Democracy. All Canadian voters regardless of their political views or affiliation are invited to vote and comment or even to raise new issues that could potentially become part of the Platform in a classic grassroots, non-partisan manner. Over the last few years, some 40+ issues have been proposed and elevated through the virtue of debate and votes to become part of the Platform.

Michael Nicula, Founder: "At PACT, we believe that the biggest challenge our political system faces today is the endemic and pervasive corruption and lack of trustworthiness. Many scandals have disgusted Canadian voters for decades, engulfing the governing parties regardless of their colour, and determining many voters to turn away from politics. We believe that reducing corruption will save our tax dollars by eliminating waste, will restore the confidence and trust in Government and will ultimately foster economic growth and prosperity."

Many Canadian voters have discussed on PACT's website the issue of political Corruption and have made it a top priority. Many Canadian administrations have had to contend with scandal or charges of corruption that it's hardly shocking anymore. John A. MacDonald weathered a donation scandal involving the Pacific railway in 1867, Mackenzie King took a controversially-funded trip to the Bahamas, and Brian Mulroney was reportedly handed envelopes full of cash in hotel rooms. After Jean Chretien and Paul Martin's Liberals were tainted by the sponsorship program, Stephen Harper's Conservative government - elected on a platform of accountability - managed to be plagued by scandals of its own, including potential election fraud and questionable payments to Conservative senators.

Canadian voters have also ranked the issue of political Lobbying among this year's elections top issues. Lobbying is when representatives of an industry attempt to influence lawmakers through communications, and sometimes incentives, to make decisions favourable to their interests. The risk when it comes to lobbying is that decisions will be made that are in corporate interests rather than those of the public at large, and that politicians will be unduly influenced by deep-pocketed suitors. The benefit is that lobbying ensures all stakeholders' voices concerning a particular issue are heard. Indeed, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying in Canada states on its website. A majority of those who voted on PACT's website are in favour of banning the activity of political lobbying.

PACT voters also believe that Transparency is the best way to fight corruption because corruption can only thrive in secrecy. All contracts, invoices, payments of any kind involving public funds, public servants' expense reimbursements along with supporting documents must be made available online for any taxpayer to see. Many voters believe that Accountability must be enforced; when an elected official loses the support of the voters in his/her own riding, he/she must be replaced. The replacement could be Candidate who ranked next in the previous elections in order to save the by-elections cost.

One other issue that attracted a lot of interest on PACT's website is the Revision of the political financing. It's no secret that money is highly influential in politics, and that deep-pocketed individuals, corporations, unions, and associations attempt to buy support for legislation that favours them. It was in an attempt to reduce the influence of money in federal politics, as part of an ethics action plan, that the Liberal government, under Jean Chretien, imposed caps on political contributions. Eight years later, the Conservative government rolled back the amount of the per-vote subsidy and announced its elimination in 2015. Most Canadians are not aware that at Municipal level, in most cases there is no contribution limit, so a wealthy individual could invest a million dollars in campaign, essentially buying their elected office seat!

Over the next few days PACT will continue to present "PACT for CANADA" - the political platform, which includes 40+ Issues that any Canadian voter to vote and comment upon. PACT is a non-partisan, equal-opportunity organization, welcoming every voter regardless of political views or affiliation.

PACT (Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency) is Canada's newest federally registered political party, offering Canadians unprecedented access to government using Online Voting to assess public support for various policies of national interest. PACT members believe that such grave and consequential issues such as taking our country to war should be subject to a national debate, not the privilege of a few politicians, subject to the lobby of the military industry, to decide upon. Technology allows the collection of millions of votes instantly, bringing more Accountability and Transparency to the political process.

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