Democracy Watch’s mandate, 20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy proposes changes that all governments in Canada should enact (according to their respective powers) to ensure that Canadian citizens have a greater and more meaningful role in government and corporate decision-making in Canada. These changes include empowering Canadians as voters, citizens, taxpayers, consumers of information and services, and as shareholders of private and public wealth.
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Stop Unfair Law Enforcement
As several recent scandals have revealed, Canada’s law enforcement system continues to be under threat from interference by politicians, and police and other law enforcement agencies and tribunals are often not held accountable for bad decisions and wrongdoing. Did you know that the Prime Minister and provincial premiers have the power to appoint key people in the law enforcement system (judges, chief prosecutors, police chiefs, and the heads of big business watchdog agencies) without any meaningful restrictions? The PM and Premiers even get to choose the people who enforce the laws that require themselves, and their Cabinet ministers, to be honest, ethical, open and waste-preventing! And they often choose lapdogs who let them off the hook again and again. The scandals include: Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford tried to appoint his friend as provincial police commissioner; Trudeau PMO officials pressured the Attorney General to stop the prosecution of big business SNC-Lavalin for bribery; The RCMP failing to stop criminal gangs from China and other countries using Canadian casinos, banks, houses and condos to launder their dirty money, and; The RCMP and other police forces continuing to get away with discriminating against minorities and indigenous peoples, and harassment of women and minority police officers. Please sign this petition calling for key changes to make police and all law enforcement agencies, including agencies, boards and commissioners that watch over politicians, governments and big businesses: much more independent from politicians by ensuring politicians can't appoint their friends or supporters as lapdogs who refuse to enforce the law; much more accountable for wrongdoing by requiring higher ethical standards and greater transparency by all law enforcement agencies, and ensuring there are fully independent, fully empowered citizen watchdogs to hold them accountable for wrongdoing; much more accountable for bad decisions by ensuring anyone can file a court case challenging an unfair law enforcement agency decision that violates fundamental rights or ignores facts or the law; and calling for key changes to ensure full, strong protection for people who blow the whistle on wrongdoing by law enforcement agencies. We need your help to keep this campaign going until together we win these key changes to ensure law enforcement agencies across Canada enforce laws fairly and effectively, including holding politicians and big businesses accountable whenever they break the law. Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in supporting this petition to stop unfair law enforcement. For more details see: Bank regulator's report on aggressive sales tactics weakened after government — and banks — reviewed drafts (CBC, April 10, 2019) Ontario Integrity Commissioner’s ruling on Ford government’s appointment of his friend as the new Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner is negligently bad (March 22, 2019) Democracy Watch calls on Ethics Commissioner to expand investigation into everyone named by the former Attorney General who tried to influence her decision about the SNC-Lavalin prosecution (March 5, 2019) Sen. Larry Campbell refuses to answer questions about board role for B.C. casino company (Global News.ca, September 18, 2018) DWatch calls on Senate Ethics Officer to rule Senator Campbell’s corporate board position and investments violate ethics code (September 27, 2018) Little to no proof police carding has effect on crime or arrests: Ontario report (CBC, December 31, 2018) RCMP, government target of missing and murdered Indigenous women class-action lawsuit (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, July 5, 2018) Minister under fire over handling of RCMP harassment amid $1.1B lawsuit (CBC, June 26, 2018)
Stop Invasions of Our Privacy
Whether you want to give it to them or not, police and spy agencies, Facebook and other companies, political parties and foreigners who want to disrupt Canadian elections – they all can get your private, personal information! The federal government isn’t doing enough to restrict the powers of spy agencies and police to spy on you through Bill C-59. The rules, enforcement and penalties are too weak to ensure Facebook and other companies don’t collect and sell your private information. And politicians have failed to require their political parties to follow the rules in privacy laws (including in Bill C-76 which was just proposed). Key changes are needed to ensure spy agencies, police, businesses and political parties can’t get your private info unless you want them to have it, and to ensure they always follow all privacy protection rules. Please sign and share this petition calling for the following 5 key changes to protect your private, personal information (See details in the petition letter): Require government, political parties and businesses to protect your privacy, and especially to protect the privacy of children; Prohibit law enforcement agencies from invading your privacy, especially by using mass surveillance technology; Require disclosure of violations of your privacy, and allow you to easily stop any sharing of your personal information that you may have approved; Require a fully independent process for appointing the federal Privacy Commissioner and the Intelligence Commissioner, to ensure they don't protect the government or any political party or law enforcement agency, and; Require the Privacy Commissioner and Intelligence Commissioner to enforce the law strictly and strongly by doing audits, reporting publicly on all complaints and situations they investigate, and penalizing all violations. Please join in calling on all federal politicians to make key changes to stop invasions of your privacy! To see details about the problems with invasions of your privacy in Canada, check out: Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s ‘extraordinarily permissive’ new spying laws (GlobalNews.ca, February, 6, 2018) Over 600,000 Canadians’ Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica in data leak (GlobalNews.ca, April 4, 2018) Canadian regulators asked to get tough on data privacy amid Facebook controversy (BNN, April 14, 2018) Privacy watchdog wants rules for how political parties use Canadians’ personal data (Toronto Star, April 17, 2018) Rogers e-mail service terms allow access to users’ contacts, raising privacy concerns (Globe and Mail, April 20, 2018)