Friday, October 8, 2010

There is such a thing as taking the "public's right to know" too far

And this is it. Why the daily agenda of this country's executive should be available I have no idea, and the benefits I can think of only apply to journalists looking for a gotcha story or two.

Canadians have a right to know what goes on in their government, and sure, that's a given. We all love accountability. But this is far from accountability. It nearly borders on harassment. The agenda's of our government ministers have several reasons for being secret, the least of those being how nosy and frankly meddlesome and disruptive journalists can be over sometimes silly things. What purpose does this actually serve? Can anyone give me a good reason why exposing ministerial meetings and agendas will help in accountability, given the sometimes sensitive nature of what these ministers deal with?

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