Secret committee meetings harm Canadian democracy, say critics

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By Beth Hong, the Vancouver Observer, 15 October 2012

Increasing use of in camera, confidential meetings in House committees are muffling meaningful debate and obscuring public access to important information, allege opposition MPs and veteran journalists.

House Committees spent 55 per cent of their time in camera in September, according to figures compiled by Canadian political watchdog blogger The Sixth Estate* as part of his Open Government project, an independent, ongoing project to rival that of the majority Conservative government's initiative of the same name. (...)

Retired political journalist, Carleton journalism professor and author Paul Adams observed that the majority Conservative government has been much more aggressive in using the in camera provision than any at the federal level "in living memory." (...)

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