Upping the price on democracy

February 5, 2010 9:00 AM

A person’s access to information is a hallmark of any democracy. The United Nations has even set out a person's right to "receive and impart information and ideas through any media" as a basic human right. When New Brunswick adopted its Right to Information in 1978 it was among the vanguard of provinces offering a mechanism for ordinary citizens to pry open the closed doors of government and get access to documents – their documents. The grand total price of each information request was $5 and sometimes applicants were charged for photocopying.

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