Critical of the NDP, then-Opposition leader Gordon Campbell in 1995 wrote that it "prefers practice of concealment to culture of openness" and that timely access to government information holds it to account while enhancing democracy.
There's more in Stephen Hume's article: Vancouver Sun (Campbell pulls a U-turn on timely affordable access to information)
Hume, after a career in journalism prying information from government, tells about his dismay to discover that today's government, run by "this paragon of openness" Gordon Campbell, proposes a fee of $172,947.50 for information freely available until 2001.
The Sierra Defence Fund, a non-profit group, submitted an information request on non-compliance of environmental standards of industy, when the twice-yearly, public reports ceased in 2001. Sierra's directors noted the report's axing coincided with the Liberal funding campaign and that five of the top 10 donors had appeared on the lists as significant violators, accounting for more than 50 violations.
"Arrogant and outrageous" is how Hume describes
our sanctimonious premier, Gordon Campbell.
[ 15 March 2006: Message edited by: skeptikool ]