The Alberta information commissioner is voicing concerns that the province's broken and log jammed Freedom of information process may never be fixed.
The commissioner, Jill Clayton told the Calgary Herald,
“I am fearful that nothing’s going to happen,”...“It’s impossible to imagine how citizens can hold a government to account, how they can engage fully in a democracy, if they’re not able to get information, and a big piece of that is to have independent, objective and effective oversight.”
Here's what I think: the NDP want it this way. The last thing they want you to know about is what they are doing behind closed doors. I’d go so far as to say the stonewalling of freedom of information requests is a 2019 NDP campaign strategy.
Let me fill you in on my more recent adventures with these secretive socialists. Did you know former advanced education minister Lori Sigurdson was being investigated for improper expense filings?
The Auditor General found that under the NDP, the Alberta government - us taxpayers- helped pay for NDP caucus-related costs and for Sigurdson as NDP Advanced Education Minister to go on two out-of-province junkets with no sign off for the trips. The whole thing left me with more questions than answers.
I wanted to know what Sigurdson was charging, when the trips were, where she was going, what the bureaucrats were saying and when they were saying it. We filed to get access to those documents.
We asked “copies of all documents…. regarding concerns raised by the auditor general over expenses submitted by the former minister Lori Sigurdson” and then we asked for “copies of all documents…. regarding any questions or concerns about the expenses filed by or for former minister Lori Sigurdson”
I wanted to know if anyone had expressed any general concerns about her expenses, and I wanted to know what the bureaucrats were saying after it all hit the fan and the auditor general got involved.
Instead of answers, I got 2 bills, one for 303.75 and one for 310.50
If the NDP had nothing to hide, they would hide nothing. Instead, they pay wall us and try to make it too expensive for our crowd funded network to hold them to account.
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