The purpose of the access to information legislation is to facilitate democracy by helping to ensure that citizens have the information required to participate meaningfully in the democratic process and that politicians and bureaucrats remain accountable. With increasing disappointment and much alarm, I am one of many early witnesses of an ATI regime that is on a slow (hopefully reversible) descent into irrelevance. Consider. The Centre for Law and Democracy ranks our ATI regime 56 out of 89 countries. In September 2014, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression noted that our ATI “is severely failing to meet its minimum requirements, let alone adequately serve the population’s needs.” It went on: “In censoring information, the government is controlling and restricting public debate on critical issues that affect all Canadians.”
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