Trudeau government breaks campaign promise on access-to-information law
The Globe and Mail | June 19, 2017
The Trudeau government is revamping Canada's decades-old transparency law, but breaking its campaign promise to ensure the Access to Information Act applies to the offices of the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers.
A government bill introduced on Monday proposes a slew of changes to how Canadians can access information under the act, including increased powers for the Information Commissioner. It would also require the prime minister, cabinet ministers, members of Parliament and senators to release some types of documents regularly, a process the government calls pro-active disclosure.
But it would not, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the 2015 election campaign, make these offices fully subject to the access-request law, which allows people to ask for information from government institutions.