Outrage over excessive secrecy and what to do about it has become pure theatre in Ottawa, especially in a super-charged election atmosphere. Don't expect now that any of the parties intend to do much to change excessive secrecy in Ottawa.
There is no doubt that Canada's ranking would be near the bottom. But this begs the question: did Canada ever rank near the top or really have progressive access legislation?
Making as much government data available to the public as possible through a searchable online free of charge site at 'opendata.gc.ca' seems to be the current hip flavour for making transparent government happen.
And as harsh as Auditor General Sheila Fraser's report was on Christiane Ouimet, it took too long to come to this conclusion.
Expect more team-player replacements and less critical analyses of how Ottawa operates.
The Harper government has been engaged in aggressively fighting to cut back on mandatory record collection and record keeping.
Canada is now consistently nearer the bottom on international openness ratings.
This warrants a House of Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry and an auditor general report.
The real shame is that the House Access Committee has side-stepped and steered away from its earlier intent for a comprehensive review for 'stronger and more modern' access legislation.
Talk of 'modernizing' Access to Information Act will not necessarily mean a huge increase in disclosure.
There's little thought to boosting the level of accountability and transparency needed in global economic crisis.
Does the 'no-surprise' prospective coalition accord clause mean they agreed to even greater secrecy surrounding government operations? That's not entirely clear.
His government inserted an upbeat clause about the duty to assist. But then it promptly looked the other way as access service deteriorated.
A February 2007 memo calls for Ottawa 'to ensure that the event reflects the priorities of the government and helps to achieve its domestic and international branding goals.'
Information Commissioner Robert Marleau and his officials have been holding secret meetings with the Department of Justice and Treasury Board to 'work together' to come to an agreement on how they can 'improve' certain features of the access process with
Fixing a broken access to information system is going to require more than tinkering and more than bringing in even more bureaucrats to manage information in order for real disclosure to take hold in Ottawa.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.