Canadian Press Group Scores Government Low on Access

13 May 2011

The Canadian Journalists for Fee Expression have given the government an “F-“ for access to information.

A new report by the group rates more than half of federal agencies as below average and says five failed outright.  Further, 44 percent of information requests filed with the federal government are not responded to within 30 days, as required by law.

A chapter in the report covers difficulties journalists face in getting information.

Interference Alleged

Separately, the opposition party in Ontario charged that officials of the liberal government are interfering with FOI requests.

“The New Democrats used the freedom of information law to request information about how previous FOI requests were handled, and found their inquiries were flagged by Liberal staffers as coming from an opposition party and were labelled ‘contentious,’ ” reported ipolitics.

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