Does this happen in the US?
If not, it seems reasonable to have somebody watching what goes on.
Without neutral observers asserting that the process is fair, it seems pretty certain that it isn't.
A Conservative minority just means another election in a few weeks. Trudeau and Mulcair aren't going to work with Harper
Or with each other, unfortunately.
Has free-thinkers and weirdos ever caused an actual revolution? Changed the course of government that they were able to rid it of corruption and incompetence?
I think it happened in the 1770s in some English colonies, but I'm not a history buff, so I may have it wrong.
Companies and governments are stupid/greedy/indifferent.
The purpose of a company is to move money from your pockets to its shareholders.
The purpose of government is to create laws that facilitate the flow.
Do a timed release. Once the FOIA request is completed, the requester gets X months of exclusivity to publish, and then it gets released publicly.
This gives the journalist time to get his "scoop" and gives the rest of us the ability to check his work. Under the current system journalists can (and do) leave out information that refutes their bias, while reporting only that information that supports their own opinion. The rest of us need to go to the source in order to form our own opinions.
(I don't live in or do business in the USA. And I like it that way.)
Not to argue, but if you ever clicked an "I agree to the terms and conditions" box, you'll find that your non-negotiable agreement has a clause that specifies a jurisdiction whose laws govern the non-negotiable "contract"
The state of Delaware is very common in these acceptance agreements. Presumably because their laws recognize a checkbox click as acceptance of a binding contract.
Perhaps this is not exactly doing business in the USA, but the overarching greed of American corporations affects us all.
My TV doesn't tell me that, it tells me it's flat, with some bad indicators.
My TV is also flat, but the indicators all work
They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.