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Massive secrecy inroads and barriers to access near approval in the Senate

By Ken Rubin      

Bill C-58 is still with the Senate to review. For the most part, it appears the Senate will go along with the government's powerful repressive practices that Bill C-58 puts into law.

Members of the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, headed by Liberal Senator Serge Joyal, pictured on Oct. 3, 2018, at a hearing with then Treasury Board present Scott Brison to discuss Bill C-58. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—The Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee is winding its way, clause by clause, through Bill C-58. But it’s already approved the most divisive change to the Access to Information Act by agreeing to divide the act into two parts—one for accessible operational records (part 1) and one outside the Access Act’s reach only for government-promoted records (part 2).

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