#CyberFLASH: Justin Trudeau proposes more access to government data

Justin Trudeau

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is proposing an overhaul of the much-maligned federal access to information law that would include making government information “open by default.”

The move comes days after Canada’s information commissioner raised concerns about growing secrecy within federal government departments and agencies, and is the latest among Trudeau’s promises to push for more openness and transparency.

Speaking Wednesday as he prepared to table a private member’s bill calling for an update to the 30-year-old Access to Information Act, Trudeau argued the importance of making government information readily available to all Canadians.

“The ability of a citizen to access information on what government is doing with their tax dollars, in their name, is one of the fundamental tenets of building confidence around government,” he said.

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