In light of recent government stonewalling on Gomery-related legal expenses, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the next federal government to end Ottawa’s “culture of secrecy” and remove political interference from the access to information process.
On November 7th, 2005, and November 16th, 2005, the CTF submitted two access to information requests asking for the total amount taxpayers paid for lawyers fees at the Gomery Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program. These requests went to two government bodies – the Privy Council Office and the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada. On December 5th, 2005, both the Privy Council Office and the Department of Public Works replied saying an additional 60 days was needed for one request and an additional 100 days was needed for the other. Coincidentally, the election will be over by the time this information sees the light of day.
“While some requests legitimately require additional time, these particular extensions seem politically motivated,” said CTF federal director John Williamson. “Again the public’s right to government information has taken a backseat to politics.”
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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