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Senate amends access-to-info bill to forbid using code names to block documents

By Samantha Wright Allen       

The Senate committee studying Bill C-58 is proposing changes to close a ‘loophole’ around terms that may be used to avoid release of documents and that will protect the power of the Senate.

Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, right, and Independent Senator Pierre Dalphond, left, speak at a recent committee meeting studying Bill C-58. Both voted for an amendment addressing the use of code names in documents, ensuring they are captured in access requests. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Senators want to make it more difficult for government officials to use code names as a way to block access to documents, adding specific language to a bill reforming the federal access-to-information regime. Citing recent court disclosures in the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Conservative Senators say it’s necessary to add such protections.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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