‘First-rate’ access reform coming, says new Justice Minister Cotler

By Paco Francoli
The Hill Times
October 18th, 2004

The Liberal government is finally ready to move forward with reform of the 21-year-old Access to Information Act, confirmed Justice Irwin Cotler on Friday.

The minister told The Hill Times the government plans to introduce its own piece of legislation or cooperate with NDP MP Pat Martin who already has a bill in the works.

“I am open to the kind of cooperation that would produce the best legislative initiative, whether it came from [Pat Martin] in a private members’ bill or it came from us as a governmental bill,” Mr. Cotler said after Question Period on Oct. 15.

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