The departure from an ethos of “open by default” to one that is closed by design goes to the heart of the government’s credibility problem these days. Broken promises erode trust. New ones fall on skeptical ears.
The CBC and Ontario mandate letters dispute is a distraction from bigger access to information problems
The dispute over the CBC’s access to the Ford government’s mandate letters to its new cabinet in 2018 is before the Supreme Court. But regardless of the outcome, it will not fix our broken access to information system whose problems go much deeper.
The federal Conservative Party’s Policy Declaration supporting free votes on “issues of moral conscience” was a solution to important divisions over specific issues in Canadian society in 2005. Today it is a poison pill that consistently loses elections.