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‘Parliament should not have to pay for’ information on feds’ spending cuts, says Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Frechette, forced to file access requests on government

Attempts by the Parliament Budget Office to use federal freedom of information law to find out how cuts to federal departments are affecting service to Canadians have been met with additional surcharges that departments are adding on top of minimal fees required under the Access to Information and Privacy Act, says Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette.

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‘Parliament should not have to pay for’ information on feds’ spending cuts, says Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Frechette, forced to file access requests on government

Attempts by the Parliament Budget Office to use federal freedom of information law to find out how cuts to federal departments are affecting service to Canadians have been met with additional surcharges that departments are adding on top of minimal fees required under the Access to Information and Privacy Act, says Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

 

  

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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