A call for accountability: PM Harper's caucus speech


Seven years ago, Stephen Harper pledged that new legislation would usher in a new era of transparency in government. Yesterday, in a rare televised speech to his caucus, he said Canada has one of the most accountable and transparent systems of governance in the entire world. Today, a reality check on the PM's statements.

Panel: Jennifer Ditchburn / Duff Conacher

The Prime Minister may have acknowledged the applause that followed his speech to the Conservative caucus on Tuesday but Stephen Harper didn't acknowledge the questions from reporters.

Journalists wondered how much Mr. Harper knew about Senator Mike Duffy and the $90,000 cheque that cost Mr. Harper his chief of staff.

He wouldn't answer, but the Prime Minister wants his caucus to uphold a culture of accountability. In that spirit, we're breaking down the Prime Minister's speech with two guests.

Jennifer Ditchburn - Reporter with The Canadian Press in Ottawa

Duff Conacher - Board member with Democracy Watch in Toronto.

Conservative MP Eve Adams

Conservative MP Eve Adams was on hand yesterday to listen to the Prime Minister's speech, and was just listening to our panelists.

Eve Adams is the MP for Mississauga-Brampton South and the parliamentary secretary to the minister of veterans affairs. She joined us from Ottawa.

This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien, Karin Marley and Vanessa Greco.

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