In some actual good news, a ruling on the case that involved Globe and Mail reporter Daniel Leblanc and his attempt to protect a key source, Canada's Supreme Court said that journalists have the right to protect their sources. It wasn't a blanket ruling however and means such issues in the future will still be judged on a case by case basis. So journalists and their sources are not immune from scrutiny but there is a right to freedom of the press and expression when it's in the public's interest to know. Unless the revelation of the source is essential to resolving the case, journalists do have the right to protect their sources. So for Daniel Leblanc it feels like victory as he heads back to the Quebec courts better armed with this ruling.
I got a kick out of reading Gerald Caplan's opinion piece over at the Globe entitled, 'If Stephen Harper’s an economist, I’m the Queen of Sheba.' He does a better job than any members of the various opposition parties in Parliament of making the case that the Tories are not to be trusted on anything including their much vaunted claim to being more fiscally trustworthy than the opposition. To regular readers of the Canadian blogosphere (or even my blog) there's not much new here but he does a great job of putting it all together and making it of a piece.
Iggy? Are you there? Do you read the Globe and Mail?
Another example of everyone being better at making the case against Harper and his policies than members of the opposition comes from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives last week when they released a report on those jets that Harper wants to spend $16 billion dollars of Canadian taxpayers money on. Making the case that the jets don't improve response time to unpredictable events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and since there is little likelihood of Canada launching expeditionary operations without our allies -- even then our contributions would not be essential -- we should be looking at other alternatives. This is not only wasteful spending but there are no guarantees that any of the money spent on servicing these aircraft will go to Canada's aerospace industry. Again, nothing that's new to the political junkies and hippies of Canada's blogosphere but do Canadians know?
And if they don't, whose fault is that?