Monday, June 25, 2012

Example of Resistence to Change by the Canadian Government

Here is a transparent example of irrational resistance to change by the Canadian federal government. The cause of the resistance is unclear. Though it may be attributable to conflicting ideological agendas. The federal government through the Conservative Party of Canada has a record of muzzling Canadian scientists and targeting opposition elements such as environmental groups and even labeling them as radical.

In an updated study by the Center for Law and Democracy based out of Nova Scotia, Canada ranks 51st in the world for freedom of information process. Countries such as Angola, Colombia, and Niger rank higher than Canada in public access to information. The Centre uses matrix calculations of current processes to determine its scores and rankings.

Since the adoption of the Canadian access to information legislation on July 1st, 1983, Canada has fallen behind the standard set by other countries for access to information. The Canadian public has to pay $5.00 to get access to information and face lengthy wait times for only some of the information it had requested. 

"In October 2009, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson [from the Conservative Party] rejected a House of Commons committee's call to update the access law, saying it was a strong piece of legislation" (CBC News Calgary, June 23, 2012). 

The federal Conservatives say they have plans to update the access to information legislation. According to some sources, the updates would be marginal (CBC News Calgary, June 23, 2012).

Clearly, updating Canada's access to information is not a priority or of relative interest to Canada's conservative government. Access to information is an important part of democracy by creating a means for accountability.

Canada languishes in world rankings for government openness

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