True accountability can only be achieved if the law has the ability to protect those making promises from bad information and still protect the people from promises the government has no intention of keeping.
To do this a law must state:
1/ All parties participating in an election must have full access to complete and accurate financial accounting for each department including all financial obligations already in place. (In other words, basically no party should be forced to make a platform without full disclosure of exactly what they are going to have to deal with.) This information should be constantly made available to all registered parties regardless of seats in the legislature at any time. The information should also always be available to independent candidates upon request after they become a registered candidate
2/ All platform promises must be met within two years of election date, unless the promise in the platform included specific benchmarks for time (including those which involve the 3rd and 4th year).
3/ Any citizen with 20 per cent of voter turnout signatures may call for a referendum.
4/ All referendums are binding on the government.
5/ Recall elections can be forced with 20% voter turnout signatures for each riding that is at issue.
Governments that do not allow full disclosure of all finacial documents for each must face serious election penalties including possible ban from running for a set number of years.
Parties that do not live up to #2 are subject to removal from office after two years.
In the event of a minority government, #2 will be changed such that parties only have to present the legislation to the legislature within the two years to meet the criteria.
Legislation requiring the voting of the will of the constituents (as determined by monthly open meetings by each MLA in their riding) and banning the practice of voting on party lines must also be introduced.
Any party found guilty of forcing members to vote on party lines against the will of their constituents will be banned from participating in politics for 10 years.
In the event that the election policy of the Democratic Revolution is passed, then the Accountability legislation will be amended to accommodate this Election Policy by indicating that both the policy of the party holding each ministry as well as the premiers party and the dominant party in the legislature shall all be taken into account to negotiate a fair compromise.
As well all reasonable attempts will be made to present a balanced budget without seriously damaging the province’s ability to maintain basic services and meet the needs of its people.