The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is calling for penalties to be imposed on the BC government for cases where its deliberate cover-ups of embarrassing information amount to an abuse of the freedom of information process.
Yesterday the Vancouver Sun reported that the BC government spent 19 months claiming that a pamphlet promoting the HST was ‘advice to the minister’ and therefore would not be released through FOI. The government finally released the documents to The Sun on the eve of an inquiry to be held by BC’s Information Commissioner.
In a letter to the requester sent the day before the scheduled hearing, the government stated they still believe the pamphlet falls under the FOI act’s section 13 exception for policy advice to the minister, but they would exercise their discretion and release it.
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