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soulchaser
07-09-2017, 08:46 AM
The Trudeau government redacted the details of its own transparency plan

By Justin Ling on Jul 7, 2017

The Trudeau government ignored its own consultations on reforming Canada’s access to information laws, according to documents obtained by VICE News, and is using exemptions under the act to withhold the details of its current plan.

The 40 pages of briefing notes and memos to Treasury Board President Scott Brison — the minister in charge of the system — were prepared in advance of legislation designed to “modernize” the act, although Brison’s department refused to release another 33 pages, while other pages were redacted entirely.

Those reforms have been largely panned since they were released, and failed to follow through on many of the Liberals’ campaign commitments.

In an ironic twist, a progress report prepared to brief the information commission on status of the transparency reforms is entirely redacted in the documents.

Brison’s office initially scheduled an interview with VICE News about the access to information reforms, but his office cancelled and has subsequently stopped responding to emails.

The memos show that the government misled the public about the reforms they introduced.

The Liberals campaigned on a promise to expand the access to information act to the offices of the prime minister and his cabinet. The legislation introduced by Brison did no such thing, instead it required that those offices proactively disclose certain types of documents — although they are mostly talking points and communications notes.

The minister passed it off as though it was always the gameplan.

“We are fulfilling our mandate commitment — we are extending the Access to Information Act to ministers’ offices and to the Prime Minister’s Office for the first time ever,” he told reporters.

These documents show that was not, originally, the plan.

A summary of the government’s public consultations on the matter, from June of last year, iterate that the government was proposing to “ensure that the access to information act applies appropriately to the prime minister’s and ministers’ offices.” It even added that “a right of access to information in the prime minister’s and ministers’ offices would need to be accompanied by appropriate protections.” Those “protections” were around withholding sensitive records that could be ferreted it out through access requests. There was no mention in the memos of proactive disclosure.

The memo summarized responses to public consultations: “All respondents who comment on this issue agreed with the government’s proposal.”

The Centre for Law and Democracy, an organization consulted on the changes, is quoted in the memos as arguing that the changes “are overdue and should be implemented immediately.”

The report on the consultations — which has not been made public — notes that only about 120 submissions were received from the general public. The summary of the submissions notes that many of those who wrote to the federal government wanted more substantive, broader reforms than the government was committing to.

The documents also highlight that the access system is buckling due to a rise in demands and a lack of resources. The memos also note that, as of 2015, more than 30,000 exemptions were applied to the 67,000 requests handled by the federal government.

https://news.vice.com/story/the-trudeau-government-redacted-the-details-of-its-own-transparency-plan

coastal
07-09-2017, 08:49 AM
this is really shocking. I can't believe the liberals lied.

soulchaser
07-09-2017, 08:54 AM
this is really shocking. I can't believe the liberals lied.

It's more shocking when the Liberals tell the truth. And they usually only tell the truth by mistake.

Swampdonkey
07-09-2017, 03:59 PM
I can't see a Liberal victory in the next election. There's no excuse for either the CPC or NDP to lose to them.

Maximus44
07-09-2017, 04:43 PM
I can't see a Liberal victory in the next election. There's no excuse for either the CPC or NDP to lose to them.

One thing about the lefties, is that they will defend the liberals no matter what they do. Oh and also blame Harper.

Billythreefeathers
07-09-2017, 04:43 PM
all the free grass in the world won't take the bruising Justin will be getting all summer long,, bet he does something stupid like pirogue parliament in the fall,, a day before the fall sitting would be perfect

Swampdonkey
07-09-2017, 05:53 PM
There's no legal cannabis, revised Indian Act, Electoral Reform, Carbon Cap, refreshed middle class, withdrawl of the CAF from NATO missions, or infrastructure improvements. The only bloc satisfied with the Liberal Party are Muslims and the Laurentian Elite. Everyone else is left wanting.

Some will vote Conservative, some NDP, some won't vote. It ought to be enough to end the Liberal Party.

Billythreefeathers
07-09-2017, 05:56 PM
we need a very left leaning NDP,, that will suck up lots of justin's vote

Waterloomike
07-09-2017, 07:38 PM
we need a very left leaning NDP,, that will suck up lots of justin's vote

As long as they lean far enough to fall over, ok.