Quote: Originally Posted by The Old Medic
CBC believes that it is above the law. It's about time that someone trimmed their sails.
How does CBC believe it is above the law?
The CBC actually has a legislative leg to stand on regarding documentary privacy, unlike these guys:
Tories keep ‘as many things secret as the CBC,’ watchdog says
Duff Conacher, the co-ordinator of Democracy Watch, points out that the Conservatives have failed to keep their campaign promise of 2006 to strengthen the Access to Information Act.
As part of their accountability package, Mr. Conacher points out the Tories would require all government and government-funded institutions to create records detailing all their actions and decisions, and to give the Information Commissioner the power to order the disclosure of any record, especially if it is in the public interest.
“The Conservatives broke their promises because they wanted to keep just as many things secret as the CBC does,” Mr. Conacher says in a letter to media on Friday.
The MPs on the committee are clearly divided along party lines with the Conservatives backing Quebecor in the fight and the opposition lining up behind the public broadcaster. On Thursday, after a court ruled the CBC was obliged to turn over internal files to the Information Commissioner, the Tories shifted their focus to overhauling the disclosure law
The ethics committee actually took a stab at reforming the law some years back and, after long weeks of hearings, came up with “12 quick fixes” to the access-to-information regime. But, when the report was tabled, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson dismissed them saying the committee had not studied the government’s own proposals.
To which the committee replied: What government proposals?
The Conservatives had apparently tabled proposed reforms in 2006 but did not tell opposition MPs or the clerk of the committee.
More good and honest work from our current government.
Last edited by mentalfloss; Nov 25th, 2011 at 09:17 AM..