Canada's Liberal government pursues access to information reform despite warnings

13th July 2018 News 20 Views

The Liberal government’s attempt to make good on its 2015 campaign promise to modernize Canada’s Access to Information Act and public-sector Privacy Act continues to make its way through the legislative process. Now before the Senate, Bill C-58 was supposed to be a good-news story for the Liberal government. At the time the bill was tabled a year ago, the government described the amendments as breaking new ground to provide the information commissioner with greater powers and to make government more open by default.
However, Bill C-58 concerns have been raised by lawyers and the judiciary that the reforms have failed to achieve their purpose and may erode fundamental protections in Canada’s legal system. The government is now at odds with lawyers and judges over controversial incursions on solicitor-client privilege and judicial independence

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