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Election 2019

Which party will deliver the most transparent government? 

By Stanley Tromp      

In this 2019 federal election campaign, Canadians should insist upon answers from all the candidates.

The Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau, left, broke its promise to have the prime minister’s and ministers’ offices covered under the ATIA, instead prescribing only some proactive release of some self-selected records, which is a form of faux transparency and the Conservatives, now led by Andrew Scheer, also broke nearly all of their 2006 electoral pledges on FOI reform. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

VANCOUVER—Canada’s Access to Information Act of 1982 is an essential law that allows citizens and the media to obtain government records on many vital topics, such as health and safety, crime, public finance, and the environment. Yet today it could be equated to a rusted manual typewriter in the iPhone-Twitter age. In 2008, I wrote a book called Fallen Behind, which contrasted all the world’s freedom of information laws to reveal that our ATI Act had lagged far behind global FOI standards in its level of openness.

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