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FCAC report on banking high-pressure sales practices fails smell test; Bill C-58 can only help facilitate more such sanitized government reports

By Ken Rubin       

Let's hope that the upcoming October 2019 election may help shape a better and less deceptive deal for consumers in terms of the public's right to really know what's going on and who's feeding who the outcomes.

We need less, not more government hucksterism where the people are treated like suckers under the Access to Information Act, writes access and transparency advocate Ken Rubin. Photograph courtesy of Picpedia.Org/Nick Youngson

OTTAWA—Bill C-58, the act to amend the Access to Information Act introduced in 2017 and passed with amendments by the Senate on May 7, lessens the public’s right to know and contributes to more, not less, contrived and self-serving records being produced. It endorses, for instance, slicker sanitized briefing notes being published at great expense on the government website under the bill’s separate, pro-active disclosure scheme.

Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin is an Ottawa-based investigative researcher and is reachable at kenrubin.ca.
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