Update re: “Is #Harper’s #PMO using taxpayers $$$ to Solicit #cdnpoli Election Donations via Social Media?” via @FMPsportsguy status update here: https://pic.twitter.com/6StqbFpzhO. We also published a follow up summary between this update related to Harper’s Ministers titled “Are #Harper’s Ministers using taxpayers $$$ to Solicit #cdnpoli Election Donations via Social Media?” here: https://dumpharper.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/are-harpers-ministers-using-taxpayers-to-solicit-cdnpoli-election-donations-via-social-media/
If you notice the inquiry by FMPsportsguy was specifically delivered to the “Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner” who then replied that the Treasury Board website would be the first point of inquiry. So it seems like it will be up to us to sift through the information that is contained on the Treasury Board website that was referenced above to see what applies. We also have to consider how this campaigning fits within the current Elections Act as well as Pierre Poilievre’s Fair Election Act. For now, here are the links to the page and the sections that seem to apply in this case. It is worth noting that in section n “Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks” was rescinded and replaced by “Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use” updated 2014-03-06, these links will be posted below
Communications Policy of the Government of Canada
18. Internet and Electronic Communication
The Internet, social media tools and other means of electronic communication are powerful enablers for building and sustaining effective communication within institutions and with their clients across Canada and around the world.
An important tool for providing information and services to the public, the Internet facilitates interactive, two-way communication and feedback. It provides opportunities to reach and connect with Canadians wherever they reside, and to deliver personalized services.
Institutions must maintain an active presence on the Internet to enable 24-hour electronic access to public programs, services and information. E-mail and Web sites must be used to enable direct communications between Canadians and government institutions, and among public service managers and employees.
Institutions must advance Government of Canada on-line initiatives aimed at expanding the reach and quality of internal and external communications, improving service delivery, connecting and interacting with citizens, enhancing public access and fostering public dialogue.
Institutions must ensure that Internet communications conform to government policies and standards. Government of Canada themes and messages must be accurately reflected in electronic communications with the public and among employees.
To ensure congruence with other communication activities, an institution’s Web sites, sub-sites and portals must be reviewed regularly by the head of communications, or his or her designate, who oversees and advises on Web content and design.
Web site managers, at headquarters and in regional offices, must consult with communications staff on the editorial and visual content of Web pages, including design and presentation, to ensure publishing standards and other communication requirements are met.
Collaboration is also required between communications and information technology specialists to ensure effective planning and management of electronic information services. Managers and employees responsible for the operational and technical aspects of an institution’s Web-based systems work in consultation with communications staff who provide strategic advice on Web content and the use of technology for communication purposes. (Also see Web site references in Requirement 23, Advertising, Requirement 24, Partnering and Collaborative Arrangements, Requirement 26, Marketing and Requirement 27, Publishing.)
- manage their Web sites and portals in accordance with the Treasury Board’s Standard on Web Accessibility and Standard on Web Usability;
- identify on-line information and services, including e-mail messages, in accordance with the Federal Identity Program Policy;
- ensure electronic communications conform to the requirements of the Official Languages Act and to the Treasury Board’s Policy on Official Languages, Directive on Official Languages for Communications and Services and Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks;
- be connected to the Government of Canada’s Internet and intranet portal sites, the Canada Site and Publiservice, managed by Service Canada;
- ensure that Internet-published information on policies, programs, services and initiatives is regularly updated, accurate, easy to understand, and accessible in multiple formats for persons with disabilities;
- ensure that printed material for public dissemination is published concurrently on the Internet;
- ensure that social media icons displayed on Government of Canada Web sites link to official social media accounts;
- when social media icons are displayed to allow the sharing of Government of Canada content through users’ personal accounts, ensure that a disclaimer is displayed in proximity to the icons, that states that no endorsement of any products or services is expressed or implied;
- ensure that the address of the official departmental social media account appears on other communications products, such as television or print;
- incorporate mechanisms into on-line services for receiving and acknowledging public feedback;
- ensure that information about their external public consultations and citizen engagement activities is posted on their Web sites and information, including Web links, is submitted to the Consulting With Canadians Web site maintained by Service Canada (For further policy direction, see Requirement 9, Consultation and Citizen Engagement.);
- respect privacy rights and copyright ownership in all on-line publishing and communication – in compliance with the Privacy Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Copyright Act;
- ensure that information published on Web sites, prior to posting any changes or updates, is recorded and archived to assure long-term retention and the preservation of institutional memory – with timely and consistent processes for doing so established in consultation with the managers of an institution’s information holdings; and
- abide by the Treasury Board’s Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks, Policy on Management of Information Technology, Policy on Information Management, Policy on Government Security and Policy on Privacy Protection.
Note the Date Modified: 1998-02-24 and the next comment will have the “Replaced By” link…
Rescinded – Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks
This page has been archived.
Information identified as archived on the Web is for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It has not been altered or updated after the date of archiving. Web pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats on the “Contact Us” page.
Table of Contents
Authorized uses of electronic networks
Unlawful and unacceptable conduct
Monitoring of electronic networks
Treasury Board policy and publications
Appendix A – Unlawful activity (non-exhaustive list of examples)
Appendix B – Unacceptable activity that is not necessarily unlawful but which violates Treasury Board policies (non-exhaustive list of examples)
Appendix C – Unacceptable activities relating to access to electronic networks provided by the government
Appendix D – Responsibilities of authorized individuals Appendix E – Guidelines on monitoring of electronic networks
Once again note the Date Modified: 1998-02-24 which does not accurately reflect the actual date modified…
Rescinded – Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks
This policy is replaced by this or these policies
Once again the Date Modified: 2014-03-06 does not reflect the correct date of the modification. The “Effective Date” section is as follows and the table of contents are below…
1. Effective Date
1.1 This policy takes effect on October 1, 2013.
1.2 It replaces the Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks of February 12, 1998.
1.3 All policy requirements will be effective October 1, 2013, with the exception of 6.1.3. which will come into effect April 1, 2014.
Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
The Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use will ensure that employees use Government of Canada electronic networks and devices in an acceptable manner and provide employees with open access to the Internet including Web 2.0 tools and services.
The above policy changes noted are something that should be explored and examined immediately as they relate to use of government resources with regards to campaign solicitations and partisan activities.
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