Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Freedom of information

Teaming up:

OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the Canadian Newspaper Association are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper tohonour campaign promises to end a culture of secrecy in Ottawa by committing to a timetable for enacting reforms to the Access to Information Act beforethe next federal election.

"We are calling on the government to implement - not study, but implement- the Information Commissioner's recommendations for reform of the Access toInformation Act, exactly as promised in the Conservatives' election platform," John Williamson, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said at a news conference on Parliament Hill today.

"Prime Minister Harper is wrong if he believes this is politics asusual," he said. "Advocates seeking reform are not looking to pocket half a loaf here."

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