Monday, October 29, 2007

More hiding


The issue this morning, the lack of public disclosure surrounding Canada's skyrocketing military exports. Guess who's not talking?
CBC News repeatedly asked for in-depth interviews with International Trade Minister David Emerson and Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier, the two cabinet ministers responsible for overseeing the tracking of military sales and approving export permits.

But those requests were denied. And for a full year, requests for background briefings by export control officials were also turned down.
Quite a pattern developing here...the media are increasingly going public with these little details on how obstructionist the government is being with the free flow of information. Last night's CP report on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership was remarkable for its scrutiny of the government's blacking out of old talking points and the amount of time it took for those to have been provided under an Access to Information request. Today there's this little note in the CBC report. This is definitely becoming quite the theme with this government.