BC FIPA Presents Submissions on Info Commissioner’s 12 Reform Proposals

BC FIPA presented its submissions to the House of Commons Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) regarding Information Commissioner Robert Marleau’s 12 reform proposals.

FIPA’s view [is] that we now have in this country a consensus that Commissioner Reid’s draft bill, with the addition of full Order making power for the Information Commissioner, is the way to proceed, and that time is of the essence.

[The committee has] the opportunity to make a real difference by bringing forward this proposal, which has widespread support. Many of Commissioner Marleau’s proposals are useful, valuable even. FIPA does not believe that it is necessary to settle for half measures. The small steps may be needed, but the big step is no less necessary. And if you don’t take the big step, Canada will be left further and further behind

Read the full submission (pdf).

BC FIPA presents its submission to the Committee to Consider Bill C-2, the Federal Accountability Act

BC FIPA has made its submission on the Federal Accountability Act, Bill C-2 to the committee reviewing the legislation.

BC FIPA offers 10 recommendations regarding the Act, including increasing the powers of the Information Commissioner, expanding the coverage of the Access to Information Act, creating a duty to document, strengthening public interest provisions, increasing protection for whistleblowers, and more.

Read the full submission and recommendations (pdf).