After all, Canada’s existing Access to Information regime only netted us 18 pages of blacked out information on the government’s unproven assertion that income trusts cause tax leakage.
When the government demanded those 18 pages be returned, the press weren't even aroused from their complacent slumber, apart from notable exceptions. The press prefers to believe in the phantasmagorical concept called tax leakage any way, all known facts and empirical evidence to the contrary.
For example the Deloitte study of December 2007 entitled: “Income trust buyouts: Lots of activity, little tax revenue”.
In the absence of access to information, fraud is seldom uncovered. Just ask Jim Flaherty. Not being caught is the objective, after all. Just ask Steve. The man of a thousand promises. None of them kept.
Remember that quaint Conservative election promise about a more open and transparent government? That was so 2006. Welcome to 2008 and Steve's world:
Tories kill access to information database
Last Updated: Friday, May 2, 2008 | 9:19 PM ET
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 8:49 AM