Government Accountability and Integrity Policy
We owe British Columbians a different kind of politics that is built on trust. It is time to stop the constant partisanship, empty promises, misdirection, and special treatment of insiders.
To restore trust in our politics, Michael Lee is putting forward policies to create the most effective and accountable government in BC history.
Our government accountability and integrity policy agenda includes the following commitments:
• The Attorney General will no longer be a partisan cabinet position. They will not have any governmental or political responsibilities other than being the Chief Legal Officer of the province. Their sole focus will be providing advice to cabinet and ensuring the legal rights of British Columbians are met and not undermined.
• We will commit to accountability pledges with strict enforcement, including adhering to fixed date election timelines, and I will resign if I do not meet them.
• We will increase transparency. We will increase understanding of how our government works, including teaching K-12 students about the importance of civic engagement.
• We will simplify government reporting, including by providing scorecards and dashboards of key measures on government’s progress against budget on a quarterly basis so it is clear how much of your tax dollars are going to support which types of services.
• We will improve government efficiency and make the government more ‘user friendly’ through better service delivery.
• We will increase the security and availability of data to the public, so British Columbians can have full access to their own personal information, including their health records.
• We will decentralize decision-making for local community infrastructure, and increase the sharing of tax revenues to reinvest in community infrastructure for the long term.
• We will focus on partnerships with Indigenous peoples and local communities, collaborating to provide efficient services based on their needs.
• We will work to distribute government offices around the province wherever possible, and provide easier delivery and access to ministry operations no matter where you live, through remote working and service delivery platforms. This will more equitably distribute government operations into communities across BC and help support their sustainability and long-term viability.
• We will increase equity and inclusion practices in government agency and board appointments and in the public service. Recruiting diverse nominees will ensure that the government has the benefit of a variety of perspectives and skills, while increasing the level of trust and involvement in how decisions are made by the government.