A free press depends on timely and accurate access to information – but the media are not the only ones who rely on it.
Ultimately, everyone is impacted by a lack of transparency and lack of access to information from public bodies. Lack of transparency erodes trust and eats away at the foundations of our democracy. This isn’t about individual research needs or projects; it is about ensuring the Government is transparent with the information it is using to make decisions so we can trust the decisions they are making. It impacts everyone differently.
To help connect the dots, we’ve created the following so that when you are asked “Why should I care about access to information?” you have the ability to answer. “Transparency Matters to all of us.”
Bill 22 opens the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act for substantive changes for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately, if passed, this Bill will undermine access to information and make public bodies less transparent. It is a step backwards for openness and accountability, and a missed opportunity to improve the information rights of British Columbians.