Fighting lengthy delays are still the norm when it comes to access-to-information requests from government.
Canada's Access to Information Act is being stalled and watered down. Meanwhile, the government is further tracking, collecting, and controlling information.
It would be in the public interest if compensation and benefits became disclosable by law for all officials, including politicians, political aides, and political appointments. Such data should no longer be treated as personal information.
Even with this exceptional inquiry getting underway, expectations for greater and more routine disclosure under Trudeau are just not there.
None of this was what I suggested should happen for fuller transparency.
In order to have a greatly-strengthened data protection act, separate from access legislation, the House Privacy Committee must consider bold changes to the Privacy Act in conjunction with improving the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
It's a sure sign that it's still secrecy as usual in Ottawa when Treasury Board wants six months to respond to an access request for records about Trudeau government's transparency work.
Refusing to make fully public a 2015 Saudi Arabia human rights report puts a dent in his promise of ‘information by default.’ South of the border in the United States, the government annually release reports on other countries’ human rights records.