Minister Lametti Can’t Say Whether Access Law Revamp Will Fix Major Flaws

At the exact moment that the former Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was giving compelling testimony to the House of Commons Justice Committee about the SNC Lavalin scandal, Trudeau’s new Justice Minister, David Lametti, was discussing his government’s weak Access to Information revamp, Bill C-58, at the Senate Legal Committee.

In the last election, Justin Trudeau promised to reform the Access to Information regime, pledging his commitment to openness and transparency. However, with Access to Information responses that take a ridiculous length of time and that are completely blacked out, journalists and others now openly mock that commitment. Plus, reporters are expressing that this issue has become increasingly worse under the Trudeau government. When I pressed him on this, Minister Lametti could not tell me whether or how this Bill C-58 will improve this secrecy even slightly.

Is this more Trudeau Transparency?

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(March 14, 2019)