Hi Boys and Girls! It’s Right to Know (some things) Week in Canada. We say “some things” because most activists for Right to Know legislation still support the concept of off-limit topics, such as, say, abortion statistics and information! What a surprise!
With a straight face, they write:
“The purpose of Right to Know (RTK) Week is to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance.”
“Every Canadian citizen has the right to request access to government records – a right that is preserved through various federal, provincial and territorial laws across Canada. This democratic right is essential to fostering greater government accountability and transparency.”
Why Exercise Your Right to Know?
- Discover information about your government’s decision-making process regarding policies and priorities.
- Gain a better understanding of a government related issue that is important to you.
- Have all relevant information in hand when casting your vote.
Sadly, the “celebrations” don’t mention forbidden topics inserted into legislation…(like Section 22.1(2) in British Columbia) could it be the purveyors of “open” government want only THEIR issues available? That would make it Right to Know (only some things) Week….
Ironically, they end with this amazing quote:
“The overarching purpose of access to information legislation, then, is to facilitate democracy. It does so in two related ways. 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.”
(Justice Gérard La Forest – Supreme Court of Canada, Dagg v. Canada, 1997)
So, go out and celebrate! In British Columbia, we celebrate ONLY the things they will let us know!