The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner has released a damning report into the freedom of information process in Alberta.
It slams the former PC government but it’s also a condemnation of Rachel Notley and her promises to be more open and transparent than her PC predecessors.
The commissioner's investigation began when PC mishandling of the FOIP process caused long delays and political meddling.
CBC News reports that they received an internal memo where former Progressive Conservative deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk told press secretaries to, “gather information about active FOIP requests which have the potential to generate media, session, political or other reputational issues for the government.”
Now that’s bad, but in the report it became clear that the NDP is equally meddlesome if not worse than the PCs, even though they promised to be better.
By the time the questioning of the information coordinators happened, the NDP were in power, and the NDP government was lawyering their own witnesses.
From the commissioner's report:
“In addition, all witnesses for the investigation were represented by a lawyer from Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, who also represented the respondent ministries. This is unprecedented in the history of the office’s investigations, and, in addition to significantly delaying the investigation, may have prevented witnesses from candidly sharing their experiences and assessments.”
At the Rebel we know all this stuff. The meddling and roadblocks happen to us all the time.
We get handed huge bills just to get access to documents, sometimes in the thousands of dollars.
We routinely see huge delays and are denied documents we know exist only to see them leaked out to the media later on.
But the mainstream media doesn't care when we get stonewalled, blocked and paywalled; they only care when they get inconvenienced.
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