He also believes our tweets on this issue are “misleading”.
Tweets are headline grabbers…NDP Tieleman should know that…they point to an article or series of articles that if someone ACTUALLY took the time to read, they would see the correlation.
Also, for some strange reason NDP Tieleman thinks we should stop, no, he demands we stop our, as he calls them, “anti-choice attacks”.
Logic seems to elude Mr. Tieleman. Is it really necessary to remind Mr. Tieleman that in a democracy, ALL issues can be discussed and debated? The Freedom of Information is an important tool in a democracy for all citizens?
Do we have to remind Bill Tieleman the words that his comrade, Colin Gabelmann, considered the Father of BC FOI, uttered when BC’s FOI legislation was introduced, that the law would: “…empower citizens so that they can fully exercise their democratic rights. The reality is that if government has information which is denied to citizens, it becomes extremely difficult to make informed judgments about government policy or to endeavour to influence public policy.”
Does Bill Tieleman think that democracy, and the right to debate issues, belong to him and him alone? It is fine to fight against monetary issues such as the HST, fine to fight against choice on voting with the STV, but we can’t even ask for statistics on a legal medical procedure?
That’s an “anti-choice attack”?
How sad. But how NDPish. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others?
Bother. Good old Bill needs a lesson in what FOI means in a democracy (as most socialists do from time to time):
‘‘the overarching purpose of access to information Legislation is to facilitate democracy. It helps to ensure first, that citizens have the information required to participate meaningfully in the democratic process, and secondly, that politicians and bureaucrats remain accountable to the citizenry.’’
-Dagg v Canada (Minister of Finance) 
But here’s a challenge Mr. Tieleman. What are you going to do to stop us? We’re not going away. In case you haven’t noticed, there is still a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and this is Canada, not the USSR.
Let Freedom reign. And FOI.