The Office of the Third Party has submitted a written response to government’s request for input on modernizing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act.

The full submission is available here.

Leapfrogging Ahead of the Pack: Achieving Leadership in Transparency and Accountability


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  1. W.Wilkins 23 February 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I’m too old and cynical to be easily impressed, but I’m impressed with the Office of the Third Party’s response to government’s request for input on “modernizing” the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act. And like the submission suggests, it’s not really modernization that’s in play, but rather, it’s getting up to speed with existing practices.

    That said, I still believe that the present government’s dedication to obfuscation is deeply grounded in history and local politics, and the not so good side of human nature. We often hide what we don’t want others to see, and we often make wonky decisions. Has anyone ever met a person who hasn’t been embarrassed, and wrong and self-serving and sometimes a tad nuts? Don’t look to me as an exception to the rule.

    But let’s face it, thanks to our friends down south, willful ignorance and strategic misinformation has been put into bold relief; ignorance and misinformation are being celebrated as useful and valuable commodities. With the struggles of our good neighbors as a backdrop, it’s hard to think of many things more important in our own backyard than understanding what’s driving the decisions of those who represent the electorate.

    To impede (rather than enable) the electorate’s entitlement to actual – truthful – information is to make democracy just another lie. And yet, the political will to obfuscate has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard for us to see that our protection of privacy and our freedom to information may be moribund.

    So, thank you Peter Bevan-Baker. And thanks to those who work hard trying to persuade our government to provide what we are already morally and legally entitled. Privacy. Information. The truth.


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