Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Campaign Day 9 (cont'd)....But What About The Public's Privilege?


Well whadd'ya know.

It looks like Sean Holman has run into brand new Stonewall.

Only this time it has not been built by Wally Oppal, but instead by one of his assistants:

Deputy attorney general Allan Seckel has decided a freedom of information request to determine if Premier Gordon Campbell or members of his office placed any calls to Patrick Kinsella isn’t in the public interest. This, despite the fact that questions about Mr. Kinsella's interactions with the Campbell administration have repeatedly been raised on the campaign trail and in the legislature.

Public Eye filed a request for the office’s telephone records on December 15, 2008 - which, according to the government, would cost $450 to locate and retrieve. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a fee waiver can be request if the release of those records is in the public interest.

In a letter dated April 14, 2009, the government advised, "The Office of the Premier has considered your request (for a waiver) and determined that it is not appropriate to grant a fee waiver in this instance."

But that decision was actually delegated by Mr. Campbell to Mr. Seckel. Government hasn’t responded to repeated inquiries into why the deputy attorney general determined the request wasn’t in the public interest or the reason for that delegation.....

First - all snark aside, this is truly outrageous. Not in the public's interest my eye!

Second - Isn't Mr. Seckel also the very fine, totally unconflicted, public servant in charge of all those protocols that revolve around issues of 'privilege' concerning the release of government documents in the Railgate case?

Which, I hope, explains the title of this post......



Double Sheesh, with a very public, not private, and most certainly not secret, cherry on top!



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