In the past I've mentioned The Current's Request Count. The CBC Radio program tracked the number of requests for interviews with Conservative Ministers and number of interviews actually granted. It's pretty shocking stuff - 34 requests and only 4 interviews were granted. I had thought that Steve's death-grip on government communication was an example of micro-management at its best. After coming across this, I'm not so sure.
Is kind Uncle Stevie, with his sweaters and fake smile, actually a dictator? Do yourself a favour, check out some of those links. I found these ones especially thought provoking:
Canada slips in press freedom rankings
Has Canada entered a Bush-like vortex?
Gov't program wants job applicants' views on Tory budget
Watchdog slams lack of transparency in stimulus spending
Siddiqui: Harper acting like an elected dictator