(NOTE: This recent article by the MSM overlooks one important point: that when government was allowed to make a topic off-limits, without outcry, without dissent, it was only a matter of time before that betrayal of access to information was extended to all.)
The public’s right to know: Battered and eviscerated
Citizens, non-governmental organizations and journalists face delays and huge fees to get access to our government’s information
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun April 10, 2010
Can it really be 18 years since that golden moment in 1992 when an NDP government and its Liberal opposition set aside partisan differences to unanimously pass what would be celebrated as the most advanced freedom of information legislation in Canada?
Yes, it can.
Unfortunately, British Columbia’s once vaunted Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has come to represent not a triumph of transparency but a legacy of betrayed promises, corrupted ideals, cynicism, sophistry and just plain rotten values on the part of the people we elected to govern us.
The NDP began undermining the spirit of the information access law almost before the ink had dried on the statute. The Liberals, who used it to hold government accountable -almost a third of requests filed under the act came from the Liberal benches -then went to extraordinary lengths to thwart the process once they held power and the NDP was back in opposition. Continue Reading