Who will commit to repealing Bill 29?

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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If Liberal leadership hopeful Paul Antle can come forward and promise that under his leadership Bill 29 would be repealed, then he’s off to a good start.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.

P.J. Dwyer

Gander

Organizations: Confederation Building

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • W McLean
    September 26, 2013 - 09:55

    Both opposition parties made this committment last year before the ink was even dry on Bill 29. Are memories and attention spans really that short?

  • Premier Dunderdale please rescind Bill 29 and create an Anti-Corruption Commission to assure transparency and accountability.
    September 26, 2013 - 09:16

    This morning's National News reported two probable Canadian scandals that have to be investigated. Read the two articles below to get the details. With all the corruption we hear about on a daily basis, why should we put faith in our Newfoundland and Labrador government in hiding matters behind Bill 29? As a result of not wanting to accept blind faith, we, not only, need our Government to recind Bill 29, we also need an Anti-Corruption Commission created to keep an eye on all the dealings surrounding the development of our natural resource base at this very moment. If we have to live under a cloak of secrecy and no accountability on what government is doing you can be assured we will be SHAFTED and taken to the cleaners through the lack of creation of an economy here, just as we have been over the past 64 years. We need honesty and accountability. If our Premier does not provide transparency and accountability you can be assured that neither she nor her PC party will get elected during the next Election. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are rabid about being treated with honesty. You can hear it on the Talks Shows every day and in the commentary to this Newspaper. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/investigation-launched-after-accusations-that-cn-rail-over-billed-go-transit-by-millions/article14536374/ http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1156878-cra-wrongly-refunded-381k-to-former-mob-chief-reporthonorable, rescind Bill 29 and create an Anti-Corruption Commission and you will be the better off for it in the long run. Honesty is the best policy! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/investigation-launched-after-accusations-that-cn-rail-over-billed-go-transit-by-millions/article14536374/ http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1156878-cra-wrongly-refunded-381k-to-former-mob-chief-report

  • Laughable
    September 26, 2013 - 07:47

    It's no trouble to get politicians to commit to anything. The problem is getting them to keep their commitments. You should expect all the Liberal leader wannabees to make some kind of promise to do something about Bill 29 but don't be surprised when they don't keep that commitment.

  • Good Question
    September 26, 2013 - 06:41

    Sounds like a possible case of Abilene paradox otherwise known as a desire not to "rock the boat". The theory is often used to help explain extremely poor group decisions and notions of superiority , according to Wikipedia.org. Hopefully there's a solution but there's no guarantee of other camps management styles either especially New Democrats. Libs, of course, have a past history of taking their turn at the trough every 10 yrs or so. In any case, Bill 29 appears to cause it's creators a lot of problems.

  • Linda
    September 26, 2013 - 05:41

    Liberal and the NDP will commit to repealing Bill 29, Only until they come to power, after that, hold for dear life, They will make the PCS look like saints..