The politician who spearheaded the creation of the B.C. Freedom of Information Act says the 15-year-old legislation has failed to blunt government’s natural instinct to withhold public information.
Former NDP attorney general Colin Gabelmann said Friday the act was designed to “foster a culture of openness” so that government officials would automatically release information as long as it wasn’t violating privacy requirements.
“But that hasn’t happened,” Gabelmann said in an interview after speaking to the B.C. Information Summit in Vancouver.