Canadian Groups Press Politicians for Access Reforms

17 September 2015

Nineteen Canadian groups have issued a joint letter asking the major political parties to make concrete commitments to reform Canada’s access to information system.

They urged four reforms:

– Strengthen the Office of the Information Commissioner with a larger mandate and order-making power.

– Eliminate loopholes and blanket exclusions and minimize exceptions to the Access to Information Act.

– Expand the scope of the Act to include all public authorities and other bodies which perform a public function or receive significant public funding.

– Require public officials to document and preserve all records of their decision-making.

The signatories included civil liberties groups, media organizations, access groups and others.

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