Tories, Liberals find truce on accountability act
OTTAWA (CP) — The Liberal majority in the Senate has finally succumbed to pressure to get on with the passage of the federal accountability act, offering a date at which they’ll finish their four-month-long study of the government’s key piece of legislation.
The act was originally supposed to have been cooked and served up with the turkeys at Thanksgiving. But the centre piece of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spring priorities is still well ensconced in the legal and constitutional affairs committee, where senators have heard from 138 witnesses — and counting.
The two parties negotiated a truce late this week, with the Liberals agreeing to wrap up the committee work by October 26.
The accountability act seeks to clean up the way government does business with new ethics regulations and oversight, and tightens up Canada’s political financing laws. Under the law, Canadians will only be able to donate $1,000 annually each to a candidate or political party. Corporate and union donations are completely banned.