Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tories backing away from beefed up access laws

This is a really bad move:

The Tories promised they would implement a set of recommendations by Information Commissioner John Reid that would radically loosen access laws and shine light into some of the darkest corners of government.

They will instead chop most of the access provisions from the legislation and send Reid's recommendations to a parliamentary committee in a separate document.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper hinted at the pull-back two weeks ago but the remarks went unreported at the time.

Harper was swayed by bureaucrats and Crown agency officials who protested about the plan for more openness, one government official said.

"It was enough to shake the knees of the government into kind of backing this thing off into a committee," he said. The official asked not to be named.

"It sounds like there's going to be a lot more talking, but not much action."

Under the Access to Information Act, Canadians who pay $5 can request government files ranging from audits and expense records to briefing papers and correspondence.

But the 23-year-old law has drawn persistent criticism for being antiquated, riddled with loopholes and poorly administered.


John Murney said...

Alas, it was too good to be true! ;)

Rick said...

They all seem to be the same once they get elected.We elect dictaters once every 4 years who lie to get elected and do what they want once it has happened!

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