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Should There Be Laws Enforcing Political Honesty in Canada?

Accusations have been made that Canadian Politicians can be motivated to lie due to a lack of consequences when they are found to be dishonest.  This article will review current laws, the current political culture, and what would change if laws were updated.

 

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New Laws are Required to Enforce Honesty in Politics

The Current System Works Well

Current System

Currently there are no consequences when politicians aren't honest.  If the gains from lying are greater than the consequences when caught, then dishonesty is bound to follow.

Current System

Politicians are generally honest people, in spite of reputation.  Voters can tell when a politician is dishonest and it negatively affects them in the polls.

Honesty In Politics

In the house of commons, during political campaigns, and in advertising campaigns, politicians who are dishonest are completely getting away with their lies.

Honesty In Politics

The system is working well.  Canadians monitor politicians and outfits like open parliament3 ensure that politicians are honest.

Changes From New Laws

Consequences for politicians who are caught being dishonest would reduce the amount of dishonesty.

Changes From New Laws

Proof of dishonesty would be too difficult to manage.  Either lies would continue without being punished or we would risk punishing honest politicians who make a mistake.

 

Political Honesty in Canada

Should There Be Laws Enforcing Political Honesty in Canada?

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References

1.     Democracy Watch: Honesty in Politics Campaign http://democracywatch.ca/campaigns/honesty-in-politics-campaign/

2.     Rick Mercer's Rant: Brad Butt's Lie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6aMmFST7dI

3.     Open Parliament: http://openparliament.ca/

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