Duff Conacher
Duff Conacher is an internationally recognized leader in the area of democratic reform and government accountability, and is Director of GoodOrg.ca Consulting. He is a former Ralph Nader's Raider, co-author of Canada Firsts and author of More Canada Firsts (both best-sellers), and has worked as a researcher, community organizer and educator, legal intern and consultant. A
graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, he is the Coordinator of Your Canada, Your Constitution. He has a
long-standing interest in democratic process and corporate
responsibility issues and is the Co-founder of Democracy Watch, was its Coordinator for 18 years, and is now an active Board member. He led Democracy Watch and its four nation-wide coalitions to win more changes to laws, regulations and government policies than any other citizen advocacy group in Canada between 1993 and 2011 -- more than 110 changes in total, many of them world-leading. He also led Democracy Watch to win precedent-setting good government court
cases, and regular national media coverage. He is the author of
three annual good government reports on Canada for Global Integrity. Duff has also designed and delivered dozens of civics education and organizational development workshops over the past 18 years as Assistant Coordinator of Democracy Education Network.

Entries by Duff Conacher

Why Conservatives Changed Reform Act Into 'Hope for Reform Act'

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:16 PM

On Thursday, Conservative MPs had an historic, unprecedented chance to throw off their chains and empower themselves and all MPs, and political party riding associations, to represent voters. A House Committee was reviewing Bill C-586, known as the Reform Act, which takes away many party leader powers (as a majority...

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Will MPs Empower Themselves and Restrict Their Powers?

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 9:49 PM

A committee of MPs is considering important and unprecedented changes that will either restrict the power of federal party leaders and empower MPs to represent voters, or not, and will also either make MPs much more accountable for their conduct, or not.

What the committee decides, which MPs protest those...

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'Fair' Elections Act Changes Don't Go Far Enough

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:46 PM

The federal Conservatives are finally backing off on some of the measures in their proposed so-called "Fair Elections Act" (Bill C-23). Minister for Democratic Reform Poilievre is trying to claim he has listened with an open mind, but this is yet another misleading spin statement from him about the bill.

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Trudeau's Next Smart Moves on Senate Reform Should Include House Reform

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Justin Trudeau's recent smart initiative to reform the Senate came with vague promises of future changes. The promises were almost obscured by his first move of kicking Liberal senators out of the party's caucus and prohibiting them from being "organizers, fundraisers or activists in any form" for the Liberal Party.

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How To Ensure the Senate Scandal Mess Doesn't Happen Again

(9) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Claims, counterclaims, spin, counterspin -- what's a person interested in truth and justice in the Senate scandal supposed to do? Here's how to ensure all the evidence comes out about the Senate scandals, and all wrongdoers are held accountable, and this kind of mess can't happen again.

The first problem...

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For Canada's Birthday, Give it a New Constitution

(38) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 8:22 AM

As Canada turns 146, many recent surveys show that most Canadians are hankering for a new constitution.

In 1992, more than 14.5 million Canadians did something they had never done before -- they voted in a referendum on changes to Canada's Constitution as proposed in the Charlottetown Accord. While that...

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No Party Leader Should Have All That Power

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 12:26 PM

As many questions about the freedom and powers of backbench politicians swirl about in Canada, the national educational foundation Your Canada, Your Constitution (YCYC) released the results this week of the first -ever national survey of Canadians on the question of restricting the powers of political party leaders...

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To Stop Secret Lobbying, Close This Policy Loophole

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Bruce Carson, former senior advisor to Prime Minister Harper, is in court charged with the crime of taking payment from a client while promising he could win a decision from the federal government (known as influence peddling).

So why did prosecutors decide not to prosecute Carson for failing...

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Did the AG Break the Law With Bad Auditing?

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 5:24 PM

The federal Auditor General's report on House of Commons and Senate spending is disappointing because it does not include audits of even a representative sample of MPs' or senators' expenses, let alone all of them.

Not only does the AG have the clear legal power to audit...

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Time to Sick the Watchdogs on the AG

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 4:03 PM

As the federal Integrity Commissioner did in a recent report, and as many good government watchdogs have done in the past, the Auditor General kept secret the names of wrongdoers in his report on the fighter jet purchase multi-billion dollar boondoggle.

The public has a right to know...

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15 Things to Demand at the Occupy Toronto Protest

(11) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 4:20 PM

As thousands of Canadians plan to gather this weekend to begin demonstrating on Bay Street in Toronto and in cities across the country to express concern about bank and corporate irresponsibility and bank accountability issues, whether they know it or not, they are joining a movement that has been active...

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Leadership Election Rules in Desperate Need of Reform

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 11:15 AM

The federal Conservatives promised in the 2006 election to change the law to ensure party nomination and leadership races are conducted in a fair, transparent, and democratic manner, but they broke that promise. Today parties can hold what I believe to be unfair, secretive and undemocratic races, including in some...

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