Thursday, March 31, 2005

Access to Information Reform Worries

The Canadian Press is reporting that federal government commitments to modernize and widen the scope of the Access to Information Act may not be kept.

Critics have been calling for what seems like an eternity for broadening the application of the Act to allow for access to cabinet records and opinion polls, and for bringing Crown corporations under the law.

Justice Minister Irwin Cotler had made pledges that he would introduce a reform package to that effect but this has now been postponed, a development that has made opposition MPs such as the NDP's Pat Martin angry.

The criticisms of the Access to Information Act relate mostly to the broad exclusions of entire categories of information and to the many delays and obstacles put up by government departments.

For background info on the need to reform the Act, see:

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:26 pm

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