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Trudeau gov’t adds more hurdles to its Access to Information requesting procedure

by Anthony Murdoch

The Treasury Board says the new rule was made because there exists a ‘need to ensure an individual making a request under the Act has the right to do so.’

(LifeSiteNews) — Canadians looking to obtain records via Access To Information requests from federal government departments could be waiting years due to new rules put in place just before Christmas. 

Per Blacklock’s Reporter, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier announced on Christmas Eve that citizens must now provide a piece of identification, in the form of a birth certificate or other means, when submitting their information requests.

According to a Treasury Board Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, the new rule was made because there exists a “need to ensure an individual making a request under the Act has the right to do so.” 

“This includes ensuring the requester is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a person present in Canada,” noted the statement 

As it stands now, one only has to attest to their Canadian citizenship.

Despite the change in procedure seeming significant, the Treasury Board said it did not need to conduct any “consultations” before making the announcement, and did not elaborate as to what spurred the sudden need for the change.

The new requirement may seek to further delay an already notoriously slow system.

In fact, last December witnesses testifying at a House of Commons Access To Information committee meeting laid bare just how bad wait times are. 

Conservative MP Michael Barrett asked a retired Canadian Press reporter, Dean Beeby, what his longest wait time on an Access To Information request is. 

“It would be in the order of 10 years,” replied Beeby at the time, adding that wait times are “terrible and getting worse” as the government and its departments “realize they face much bigger blowback from releasing information than from withholding.”. 

 

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