A blog to give a voice to our concern about the continued erosion of our democratic processes not only within the House of Commons and within our electoral system but also throughout our society. Here you will find articles about the current problems within our parliamentary democracy, about actions both good and bad by our elected representatives, about possible solutions, opinions and debate about the state of democracy in Canada, and about our roles/responsibilities as democratic citizens. We invite your thoughtful and polite comments upon our posts and ask those who wish to post longer articles or share ideas on this subject to submit them for inclusion as a guest post.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some things are worth returning for...

Two things of note. Firstly a new non governmental web site making it easer to find information about parliamentary debates and the action of your (or any MP). Check it out at http://openparliament.ca/

On the opposite end of the scale a recent report tells us that the Harper Regiem is failing in its “Open and Accountable” promises ….. that’s not news but now it is clearly documented!

“Federal delays in answering queries from the public are getting worse and threaten to scuttle the right to know, says Canada's information watchdog.Interim information commissioner Suzanne Legault urged government agencies to take "immediate steps" to curb the persistent foot-dragging she detailed Tuesday in a special report to Parliament.”

“She gave the Privy Council Office, the central branch that serves the prime minister, a D for lagging behind the pack last year. It took the agency an average of more than five months to complete a request.”

See the Special Report:
Out of Time: 2008–2009 Report Cards and Systemic...
(25Mb PDF)

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