The Progressive Conservative government brought in Bill 29 more than a year ago to amend the previous Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The PC government has used it to block any info or leaks about government business to the public, you and me. Simply put, they don’t want anybody knowing anything about what the government is doing or not doing. Bill 29 continues to restrict our right to access information and our right to know how our government is making decisions.
The changes to the access-to-information laws in our province have made it clearly much more difficult for journalists and other groups to obtain information connected to government decision-making or lack thereof.
This has to stop. The people of Newfoundland and Labrador have the right to know what government is doing, when they are doing it and how they are doing it. The only way to get rid of Bill 29 is to vote anyone but PC in the next provincial election.
If Liberal leadership hopeful Paul Antle can come forward and promise that under his leadership Bill 29 would be repealed, then he’s off to a good start. Where are the other Liberal leadership hopefuls on Bill 29? Where are Lorraine Michael and the NDP on Bill 29? Where are they on Muskrat Falls?
Come on, don’t be shy. Put it out there where everyone can see it and read it and make an educated decision about who they want to lead them in the next provincial election.
I often wonder what happens to good-thinking democratic people when they get elected to be our representatives in government. Before being elected they seem to actually think about issues and really convince the voters that they actually know how to resolve some things. So we vote for them.
Not too long after they are in their hallowed seats, and collecting the big bucks, something really odd happens to them. It’s as if they all lined up with their caucus members and volunteered to get the “stupid needle.”
I don’t know for sure, but maybe it’s the tea, water or coffee at Confederation Building, or perhaps the beans are overcooked and thus we get a vast amount of political gas at one time.
As an example, look how deflated, dejected, beaten, tired and unintelligent the PCs are looking right now. Walking in the desert for 40 years got nothing on this group of sourpusses. There will be no Moses for them, or Danny, for that matter. (Sincere apologies, Danny, for bringing you into this, but not even you would want to save or lead this lethargic, misdirected, know-nothing party. All they know is how to hide behind Bill 29 and talk bull droppings.)
Kathy Dunderdale and her lethargic mules must go. Bill 29 must go. I will and, no doubt, many others, will vote for a party that is sensible enough to repeal Bill 29 and have members who are sensible enough/intelligent enough to stay out of the lineup when their caucus administers the stupid needle.
Let’s be hopeful, anyway.