“It’s not unreasonable to suspect that the requirement for a formal application is a stalling tactic. What is said about justice can be applied here: Information delayed is information denied. Experience has shown that it could take more than a year for a formal application for access to run its course through the application and appeal process, if there is a request for review by the independent review office. I don’t believe the drafters of this Act, or the members of the legislature who unanimously approved it, foresaw that the process would be so long that citizens would choose not to exercise their right of access to government records. In the words of the Act, exceptions to disclosing information should be “limited.” The purpose of the Act is clear. “… to ensure that public bodies (read governments and other public bodies) are fully accountable to the public.” Those aren’t my words. That’s what our legislature wanted.”
-Right to Know NS president Darce Fardy wrote a letter which Tim Bousquet used in an editorial on the IBM deal.