Harper blocks public information (again)

“The (Stephen) Harper government has delayed for months the release of notes on conference calls held at the height of last summer’s deadly listeriosis outbreak — a lag some experts say breaks Ottawa’s own information laws,” reported the Canadian Press, which has filed an information request to the Privy Council Office for “all transcripts and minutes” of exchanges last summer.

Previous posts about the Harper administration’s attempts at media control here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and … (you get the picture.)

So what?

Here is an essay about the constitutional implications and why freedom of the press is important. This J-Source post includes a list of Harper’s broken election pledges to open the inner workings of government to scrutiny, in a letter to the prime minister by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Canadian Newspaper Association and the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.