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ACTION ALERT
Strengthening the Federal Access to Information Law

July 2001 

BACKGROUND 

The federal government is currently reviewing the federal Access to Information Act (ATI Act). The review is being conducted by a internal Task Force made up of civil servants and senior public officials. The Task Force has been very secretive and has not consulted with Canadians in any meaningful or open way. It has become clear that the Task Force is aimed at ensuring the the ATI Act is not strengthened in any way that will increase the accountability of the federal government. 

Open Government Canada's (OGC) position paper on access to information, entitled From Secrecy to Openness: How to Strengthen Canada's Access to Information System, was released on July 25th. The OGC position paper sets out 47 recommendations for changes to the federal access to information system 

We've prepared a sample letter for you to use to send your own letter to the key Cabinet ministers in the federal government who are responsible for the review of the ATI Act. 

It is best to send by mail or fax a hand-written letter in which you express your concerns about government secrecy, including any examples of government secrecy that have harmed the public, and express your support for OGC's proposals. 

Send your letter to: 

The Hon. Anne McLellan 
Minister of Justice 
House of Commons 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1A 0A6 
Fax: 613-990-7255 or 613-943-0044 

The Hon. Lucienne Robillard 
President of the Treasury Board 
House of Commons 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1A 0A6 
Fax: 613-990-2806 or 613-995-8632 

 

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