Canada’s information czar launches review of federal law on 30th anniversary

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A federal watchdog is launching a major review of Canada’s Access to Information Act, but at least one critic says she’s overstepping her mandate.Information commissioner Suzanne Legault says her review will look at lessons learned in five other countries, as well as in the provinces, to propose updates for a law born long before the age of the Internet.

“Canada has a real opportunity, actually, to re-establish itself as a (global) leader,” she said Friday after announcing the plan.

“It’s time to have great expectations for Canadian transparency.”

Legault will examine parallel laws and information regimes in Britain, the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia to see what innovations abroad might be imported into Canada.

No travel is contemplated, but she will consult with information ombudsmen in the five countries, release a discussion paper in September, then consult with Canadians to have concrete proposals for Parliament in the spring.

The Access to Information Act has had a few minor amendments over the years, but has never been overhauled since it was given royal assent on July 7, 1982…..”

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