Access denied: Canada is failing at access to information

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We gave a failing grade to Canada’s access-to-information (ATI) system in this year’s Review of Free Expression in Canada Report Card–in spite of assurances made by Tony Clement, President of Canada’s Treasury Board, that the current federal government has “an open and transparent record second to none.”

Radio documentary producer Bob Carty takes Clement’s claim to task. Featuring exclusive insights from federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, Carty evaluates the current ATI system from all sides and at all levels–from the destruction of records by federal agencies to the use of Blackberrys by public servants–to present a more troublesome picture of ATI in Canada.

View the entire article below, or download the PDF.

Read the full 2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada.