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  • Corporate Psycho
    February 28, 2013 - 18:15

    Banana Republic.

  • Colin Burke
    February 28, 2013 - 16:12

    St. Thomas Aquinas said in the 13th century that a law is not valid until it is proclaimed. I don't think he meant that "making it available on request" was "proclaiming" it, not precisely. But apparently democracy has made since then the usual progress inevitable in modern times, which the ordinary people in the high middle ages, who governed themselves through what St. Thomas called "royal" governent as opposed to what he called "despotic" as even an elected government can be, would never have tolerated. (That's why historian Gwynne Dyer says medieval politics were "bloody," as he suggests we should be grateful ours are not -- as if harm were worse than injustice.)

  • Winston Adams
    February 28, 2013 - 14:01

    My estimate is that citizens rights to Victim Impact Statements were withheld for 3 years from being lawful for failure of the government to sign an Order in Council to bring it into effect. How many victims of crime were denied due process because of that ? And this is likely but one example of the benefit of secrecy laws and lack of democratic process.

  • Cyril Rogers
    February 28, 2013 - 10:45

    Any time the government tries to make a case for secrecy, it comes back to haunt them. Mr. Hutchings, your letter is a shameful reminder of the depths to which you and your colleagues have sunk when it comes to basic democracy. An Order-in--Council should be a public document, as it contains a decision that the public has an inherent right to know.

  • Mark
    February 28, 2013 - 08:57

    Note how the Minister avoids altogether providing any legal justification for the withholding of such orders in the first place, or for their subsequent redactions. As far as I am concerend, an Order in Council with any redaction should have no force at law. If the public cannot access it, then the very requirement which Mr. Hutchings writes if is not being met. He also fails to explain why, unlike EVERY other province, Newfoundland's government refuses to publish or otherwise list them. It is shameful. Why does this government continue to treat Newfoundlanders as ignorant, second class citizens?

  • Winston Adams
    February 28, 2013 - 08:35

    Mr Hutchings, can you advise 1. when Victim Impact Statements became part of the Crininal Code of Canada. 2. When an Order In Council was signed to make it Nfld law. 3. When this Order In council was made public information? Can you have someone phone me(726 6512) with the answer, and also make the answer public.