May 13, 2016

Ezra Levant: “I support the prime minister” on this ONE issue

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I was honoured to be invited to testify before Parliament's Standing Committee the Access to Information Act. We've filed hundreds of Access to Information requests since the Rebel began in February 2015, and they've lead to a lot of exclusive stories.

After I delivered my prepared remarks -- watch me here -- I was quizzed by two Liberal Members of Parliament.

One of them, Wayne Long from New Brunswick, asked me what I'd do if I was put in charge of fulfilling these requests instead of filing them...

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commented 2016-05-14 11:44:39 -0400
The FOIA was designed by bureaucrats as an early warning system when someone is about to breach the walls of the little departmental fortress they have erected. An FOI request is a red flag for comfy sinecured administrative drones to hold a paper shredding party or get their magic markers out to edit (redacted sensitive info) when the peons smell a festering rat.

They do it as much to allay scrutiny by the government (Ya I’m talking to you Hubie CBC capo) as private scrutiny. If this is to change, anything other than true national security info should be on a central database with full public access – particularly departmental budgets and policy.
commented 2016-05-13 13:49:20 -0400
My response would simply have been, “As commissioner I would immediately begin to follow the law as is and to the best of the department’s ability. If the department isn’t able to follow the law, I would institute changes accordingly so that the law will be followed.”