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Open government at a crossroad: Canada needs better funding and access to information reform

By Mary Francoli      

At the same time, an active and ambitious open government plan needs high-level political buy in. Rhetorically, we seem to have this with the new government, but this needs to be followed by action and resources. So far, this has been sorely lacking.

CARCASSONNE, FRANCE—In October, I did a little happy dance when there was a change in government. As someone who works in the area of open government and who has called for the changes to the Access to Information Act, and for the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census it seemed like a good occasion to uncork a bottle of bubbly. When I started hearing calls for another review of the Access to Information Act, I had to put the bubbly away and commenced a frantic internet search for an article that would assure me this was not the case. After sifting through countless news reports and international proclamations regarding the ‘dreaminess’ of our new leader, I was left empty handed. While a review is perhaps better than nothing it wasn’t the kind of reform I had anticipated would follow with the new government.

‘They’re really riled up here’: Conservatives circling Goodale’s lone Liberal seat in Saskatchewan

‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says the 31-year MP Ralph Goodale. 

Candidates scramble to outperform their competitors in the critical ground game ahead of next week’s election

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Ken Hardie says his team has set up get-out-the-vote ground operations in the riding to get all his supporters to the polling booths on election day.

Debt, deficit ‘not ballot booth issues’ for most Canadians: pollsters

Unlike in the last election, none of the major party leaders has promised to try and balance the budget within a four year mandate during this campaign.

If it’s a minority government, Liberals can stay in power even if Conservatives win more seats on Oct. 21, but could prompt public backlash

'Does that create a legitimacy question, for Trudeau to combine with Singh, or not? There’s no legal impediment to it,' says former CBC Parliament Hill bureau chief Elly Alboim.

Mendicino campaigning with Liberal stars as gun violence takes centre stage in Eglinton-Lawrence

There have been 26 shootings in the riding in this calendar year.

Tight contest between Liberals, Conservatives, lower voter turnout could benefit third parties, experts say

News|By Beatrice Paez
With a campaign that has been 'characterized by bickering' and personal attacks, and less about policy, turnout doesn’t appear poised to hit the same levels as the last election, says pollster Nik Nanos.

Trudeau’s Liberals outpacing Scheer’s Conservatives in Facebook ad spending

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Conservatives directed fewer ad dollars to Mr. Scheer’s page, funnelling 77 per cent of its spending to the national party page, compared to just 6.5 per cent to the leader’s profile.

NDP looking to capitalize on Singh swing to make federal breakthrough in Brampton East

With former Liberal Raj Grewal not in the running after his gambling scandal, the NDP are mounting a fierce campaign in party leader Jagmeet Singh’s home turf.

Tossed Tory candidate ‘changes everything,’ with two-way fight shaping up in Burnaby North-Seymour

Once viewed as a three-way race, Burnaby North-Seymour is now seen as a tight, two-way contest between the rookie Liberal incumbent and his experienced NDP challenger.
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