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Re: “Is government too secretive?

I'm grateful for this article bringing this issue to my attention. I did not appreciate how bad this was in NS.

There will always be a need to strike balance between public transparency and protecting peoples' privacy. It appears FOIPOP is structured so government agencies can effectively exploit it to invoke indefinite secrecy. I don't see how this is in the public interest.

By default all public information should be accessible to the public, with rare exceptions such as when reasonable limitations are needed (say to protect competitive bidding or the name of a protected witness in court proceedings).

This is not the issue that turns peoples' heads in an election, but it really should be an election issue.

If we citizens are unable to reach informed conclusions about the actions of our governments because they are stealthily obscured, then we cannot make reasonable choices when voting. If that happens, our democracy is seriously compromised, and bad governance is sustained.

Just think how different the 2006 election might have been had the Liberals been able to conceal the Quebec sponsorship scandal.

Think how many Liberal voters would have been really pissed off if they found out the truth AFTER a Paul Martin government was narrowly returned. Had they known, many would have voted differently.

I wonder what horrors may yet be revealed if the Macdonald government is defeated this spring?

My $CD 0.02

Posted by Segulin on 04/02/2009 at 11:21 PM

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