Scott Brison tried to spin how great it would be that some mundane briefing lists, mandate letters, and ministers' expenses would become legally available as part of a take-it-or-leave-it government publication scheme.
Canada's Access to Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault and Treasury Board President Scott Brison. After some weak transparency amendments, Ken Rubin writes that Mr. Brison should be replaced as Treasury Board president with a 'heavyweight champion for open government.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
OTTAWA—Just as summer sets in and the parliamentary sitting ends, in come some very weak transparency amendments.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.