BC FIPA presented its submission on ‘Open Government’ to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI).
We have to ensure that overdue moves toward more routine release and the use of technology to make government information more widely available must also make this information useable for all Canadians.
Canadians must have the ability to request specific information from their government and receive that information in a reasonable time at no or minimal cost. This means creating a functional Access to Information system.
No one wants to head toward a dystopia where governments push out information electronically which no one uses or trusts, while occasional Wikileaks-type document dumps raise the risk of serious damage to legitimate state, business or personal interests.
Government information was paid for with taxpayers money, we own it and we should have access to it.