The Case for Government Transparency
by samp on January 26, 2015 - 11:54pm
Canadian soldiers on the Iraqi territory were involved in a fight with Islamic State (ISIS) mercenaries. The opposition in Ottawa brought the topic in a parliamentary debate. Paul Forget, a Special Forces officer said Canadian soldiers would only use firepower if they were shot first, and would never provoke a fight. Soldiers were sent earlier in Iraq to contain the increasing threat of the Islamic State and promote national interests in the region. The opposition didn’t like the fact that the general public and many politicians were not informed about the attacks.
The interventionist approach by Canada should be revised by politicians. As citizens, it is highly incomprehensible to not be informed about Canada’s role in foreign conflicts. People should vote or call for more transparency as it involves their tax dollars and the usage of public funds. It also raises questions about secretive usage of Canadian soldiers in foreign countries. Equally, this event decreases the legitimacy of the current government and disrespects democratic principles. Therefore, people should call and put pressure on politicians for a more ‘’open’’ government.