The Canwest News Service reports that, "In a significant policy shift, the Canadian government now believes that telling the country’s taxpayers the future cost of the war in Afghanistan would be a threat to national security..."
"When the NDP asked for the (military costs of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan) last year, the military made them public. ...But this year, military censors cited Section 15 of the (Access to Information) act in blocking out the figure."
Section 15 of the act allows the withholding of any “information the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to be injurious to the conduct of international affairs, the defence of Canada or any state allied or associated with Canada or the detection, prevention or suppression of subversive or hostile activities.”
"The NDP has filed a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s office to force the release of the figures for the recently started fiscal year of 2009-10, as well as for 2010-11 and 2011-12."