The Canadian Association of Journalists has nominated the B.C. government for its annual awards recognizing “the most secretive government agency in Canada”.
The B.C. government was nominated for a series of actions that have undermined the province’s freedom of information laws.
The CAJ news release states, “After taking power in 2001, the Liberals steadily cut the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s budget. The government began tracking FOI requests from reporters, which now take significantly longer to process. More fees are charged and appeals can take more than a year. Critics also point to the Liberals’ increased use of outsourcing and public-private partnerships, which puts information of public interest beyond public scrutiny.”
For further information:
Paul Schneidereit, CAJ president, (902) 426-1124
Robert Cribb, CAJ past-president, (416) 579-0289
John Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613) 526-8061, Cell (613) 290-2903