"OTTAWA – Members of Parliament have exempted the cash and benefits they receive from political parties and riding associations from restrictions and public disclosure under the House of Commons conflict-of-interest code.
The move was unanimously approved without a vote in the Commons after committee hearings conducted entirely in secret.
The closed-door decision counters a trend toward more accountability in government and should have come under public scrutiny, a democracy advocate says.
It could also erode the independence of backbench MPs, making them more beholden to party bosses instead of voters, adds Democracy Watch chief Duff Conacher.
All four parties approved the change Thursday after a House rules committee and a subcommittee held eight meetings on the topic that were closed to the public. "
To me this reflects badly on ALL PARTIES, and will just further make more Canadian's turn their backs on Parliament and on voting.
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