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Supreme Court rules PM’s agenda may be kept private

Access to information laws don’t apply to ministers’ offices


In a landmark unanimous ruling issued on Friday, the Supreme Court decided the Canadian public does not have the right to access sensitive information held by public officials like the prime minister and cabinet ministers. The ruling, written by Justice Louise Charron, held that such an expansion of the Access to Information Act “can only be achieved by Parliament.” The decision followed the rejection of requests by opposition politicians and the media for access to minutes, agendas, e-mails and day timers that related largely to former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s use of government aircraft, and to high-level national defence meetings.

The Globe and Mail

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Supreme Court rules PM’s agenda may be kept private

  1. While Wikileaks fans are probably booing loudly, I for one agree with this decision. There are things which would not be in the best interest of the nation to disclose publicly.

    On the other hand, I would hope that this decision would not hold in the event of an active investigation by authorities into wrongdoing by the government. There is a difference between a FOI fishing expedition and a formal inquiry.

    In the meantime, though, the CPC really need to work on improving access where access is allowable; despite their “open and accountable” promises, things have actually gotten worse under this party’s watch.