In her annual report, Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says she continues to have serious concerns about the access to information system — and the resulting harm to Canadians' right to know.
The Access to Information Act allows people who pay $5 to request a variety of records from federal agencies — from correspondence and briefing notes to expense reports and audits.
The government is supposed to respond within 30 days, or provide good reasons why a delay is necessary.
Legault renews her call to modernize the law — which has barely changed since it took effect more than 30 years ago — to ensure government transparency and accountability.
She says administrative fixes to the system, which are bearing some fruit, can only do so much.
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