BC FIPA has made its submission on Open Government in response to this somewhat ad hoc consultation, which was announced by the President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable Tony Clement, on December 6, 2011.
Our submission is highly critical of the nature of the consultation and its focus only on open data and technology.
We did not think it was possible to create a consultation document on Open Government without making a single mention of Access to Information, but [the Treasury Board] did it … [I]t is beyond belief that a government would [do this]. The system is in crisis and the government must act immediately to make the necessary legislative and other changes.
BC FIPA also refers to its previous submission on this topic presented to the Access to Information, Ethics and Privacy Committee (ETHI) of the House of Commons early last year. In that submission, we explained how ‘open data’ cannot replace much needed reforms to the Access to Information system.