#CyberFLASH: Tories’ Open Government Plan Silent On Access To Information Act Reform


OTTAWA – The Conservatives’ new draft plan on open government makes no mention of reforming the Access to Information Act, despite widespread calls to revise the 32-year-old law.

The draft plan would see the government make information and data — including scientific research, federal contract details and archival records — more readily available by default.

But it proposes no legislative changes to the access law, which allows people who pay $5 to request government records ranging from correspondence and briefing notes to audits and hospitality receipts.

The legislation was passed in 1982 and took effect on Canada Day the following year. It has changed little since and has been repeatedly criticized as a relic of the filing-cabinet era that doesn’t even cover key institutions including the House of Commons and Senate.

Reform of the law was suggested during federal online consultations for the federal plan and during meetings in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and St. Catharines, Ont.

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