access to information

In Canada, there is freedom of information (FOI) legislation covering the federal government and every provincial government except Prince Edward Island. The federal act is called the Access to Information Act.

The act gives the following rights:

  • the right of access to government records, with some specified exceptions, and
  • the right to appeal to an independent commissioner if you think a government body has not responded correctly to your access request.
  • the right to a timely response to requests.
  • How to request government records using FOI legislation

Since the election of the Harper Government some journalists and researchers have noted, including Elizabeth Thompson, that the performance of the government in responding to Access to Information requests has dropped significantly.

[+] CAIRS database shutdown April 1, 2008

freedom of information, access to information, freedom of speech, rights, right to privacy


[+] Stephane Dion:Harper government is the most secretive government ever.

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