News Releases - 2010

Harper Government Strengthens Accountability for Political Loans

Ottawa, ON (April 28, 2010) The Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform) along with Member of Parliament Steven Blaney moved forward today with the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthen the transparency and accountability of political financing.

Harper Government Drives Senate Reform Agenda

Ottawa, ON (April 27, 2010) The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), along with Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu today encouraged provinces to establish a democratic process for selecting senators so Canadian voters can have a say on who represents them in the Senate.

“Canadians have been clear they want a modern, accountable and elected Senate” said Minister of State Fletcher. “Prime Minister Harper and this government are committed to a democratic Senate, elected by the voters.”

Harper Government Introduces The Increasing Voter Participation Act

Ottawa, ON (April 26, 2010) The Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today with the Hon. Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie, moved ahead with the Government of Canada’s 2010 Throne Speech commitment to increase voter participation by giving Canadians more chances to vote during federal elections.

Canada's Government Restores Fair Representation in the House of Commons

Ottawa, ON (April 1, 2010) - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), along with Mr. Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis—Bellechasse, today moved ahead with restoring fair representation in the House of Commons for Canada’s faster growing provinces.

Harper Government Drives Senate Reform Agenda

Introducing Term Limits for senators reflects 21st century democracy, will of Canadians

Ottawa, ON (March 29, 2010) - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), joined by Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, today moved forward with the Government’s commitment to limiting the terms of Canada’s senators to one term of eight years.