Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wide open possibilities

With the Cons having decided that their commitment to accountability ended when they took office and the Libs having never warmed up to the concept even in opposition, the campaign to date has seen far too little talk about how to make Canada's federal government more transparent. But David Akin points out at least one developing movement pushing for open government. And it shouldn't be much surprise which party is getting behind it in a hurry, as 14 NDP candidates have already signed on when even public involvement is limited to a few dozen names.

It remains to be seen what impact the I Believe in Open group will have on the campaign. But particularly in the wake of Harper's ultra-secretive government, now should be exactly the time for Canadians to demand something more than closed-door decision-making. And a national response to this type of initiative looks to be just the way to send that message as the campaign progresses.

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