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Political Science Corruption & Misconduct

Honest Politics Now

What ethical conduct means in Canadian public life

edited by Ian Greene & David P. Shugarman

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jun 2017
Corruption & Misconduct, Canadian, General, General
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There have been enormous changes in Canadian public life in the past two decades. More and more, politicians and officials are expected to act honestly and in the public interest. Yet, for many, honest politics is still an oxymoron.

Using high-profile political scandals as case studies, this book explores the standards of accountability to which Canadian politicians are now being held. The authors discuss conflict-of-interest and abuse-of-trust cases such as Brian Mulroney's receipt at secret meetings of envelopes stuffed with thousand dollar bills; the gas plant scandal in Ontario; Allison Redford's self-serving authorizations of spending in Alberta; Mike Duffy and the Senate expenses scandal; party financing cases such as the Robocalls affair; "dirty hands" examples such as the sponsorship scandal and the Arrar affair; the "cash for access" controversy surrounding Justin Trudeau's fundraisers; and municipal issues including the sagas of Rob Ford and Hazel McCallion.

Canada is a leader among countries promoting ethical politics in a democratic society. In this book expert authors from across the country discuss the strengths and weaknesses of measures now in place and point to the most important challenges that remain before Canadians can believe that honesty prevails in public life.


About the authors

IAN GREENE is a University Professor Emeritus at York University, where he has taught public policy and administration since 1985. He was the founding director of York's Masters program in Public Policy, Administration and Law. Greene's most recent book is Honest Politics Now (with David P. Shugarman). He is also the author of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Ian Greene's profile page

David P. Shugarman is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at York University in Toronto. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he received his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Alberta, and his M.A. in Political Economy and Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His recent publications include chapters, essays, and articles on the commission of inquiry into into the sponsorship scandal, public inquiries, and democratic accountability.

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Editorial Reviews

"If ethical politics are someday to become as much a hallmark of our democratic system as free elections, we must have a critical mass of citizens who understand, practise and promote public integrity. Reading this book might help us get there."

Winnipeg Free Press

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