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IPCs Call for "Open Government"

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September 3, 2010

The information and privacy commissioners of Canada are calling on the government to be more transparent, the Montreal Gazette reports. In a joint resolution, the federal, provincial and territorial commissioners call for proactive sharing of information. "The norm should really be proactive disclosure," said Information Commissioner Susanne Legault from a gathering in Whitehorse. "We feel that all Canadian governments at all levels should really embrace this approach and this cultural shift." In the resolution, the commissioners call on the federal government to commit to stronger open government standards and to change the system so that Canadians get information without having to formally file access requests, among other changes.
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