May 29, 2017

AB NDP stonewalls freedom of information requests

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

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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commented 2017-05-31 10:05:01 -0400
just as I said many times. They are ALL THE SAME AS TRUDEAU! WE are not only fast becoming a islamic third world but are under tyrants who want to shut down our freedoms from freedom of speech and thought to freedom of information. Next they will take away your cell phones and internet!! Good luck Canada!! You finally hammered in the final nail on your own coffin!
commented 2017-05-30 20:54:03 -0400
I also agree with Bill & the rest. They don’t want to give the info & figure that by charging an arm & a leg, you’ll give up. Well this is getting ridiculous, I donate often to The Rebel when I feel it’s deserving, but I tow the line when it comes to dealing with the AB NDP & you trying to get access to info which is your right. A small administrative fee is all that should be required, not the thousands of dollars that many Rebels have donated to for certain documents. Now you received 2 bills, for what may I ask, you said you did not get any info. They are making fools of you & your readers & it’s time they were put in their place. Enough is enough.
commented 2017-05-29 19:47:11 -0400
Sheila, thanks for the update & I too encourage you to look at Bill Elder’s strategy. I wonder if there is also a way to bring forward a motion to have exorbitant fees for access to info examined and reimbursed. As my grand-dad used to say, “That’s highway robbery!”
commented 2017-05-29 19:31:33 -0400
Is not the government— we the people, that’s our information, that’s voters property

I will send a few bucks , but if you could check out the leagall strategy and fill us in
commented 2017-05-29 18:59:14 -0400
It looks like the Marxist Saul Alinsky is running Albert gov.
commented 2017-05-29 18:14:15 -0400
Sheila, it sounds like you have a cold. Get better soon!
commented 2017-05-29 18:07:35 -0400
Look – Sheila/Rebel – these treacherous commies are stone walling and presenting what is called in legal terms “obstruction”….go to court and start getting court ordered writs of mandamus to produce documentation they are held in duty of office to provide , filing a writ is cheaper than these FOI BS costs
commented 2017-05-29 17:56:40 -0400
Oh my is THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE acting like they are above the people? Huge surprise.