In the dying days of the summer of 1978, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police were united in opposition to certain provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act (1977), and the planned tabling of a freedom of information act (which did not pass the federal legislature until 1985, as the Access to Information Act).
There are many knee-slapping howlers in this Canadian Press wire piece, but these are amongst my favourites:
The chiefs urged the government yesterday to increase, not decrease, protection of confidential police information, saying American police have virtually been put out of the terrorist-fighting business because of the Freedom of Information Act in the United States.
Yes, the territory formerly known as the United States of America collapsed into violence and anarchy less than a decade after the US Congress overrode President Lyndon Johnson’s veto of the Freedom of Information Act in 1966. A series of UN missions have tried in vain to keep the peace between the various American warlords and breakaway states ever since.
The association said 85 per cent (7,700 cases) of requests for police information under the Human Rights Act have come from convicted criminals.
Sure. Because law-abiding citizens have no business trying to keep the coercive power of the state out of their lives.
Somehow I doubt that official attitudes have changed very much in the intervening years.