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Public Salaries Are Private Information

PRIVACY LAW

February 11, 2011

Quebec's new access and privacy commissioner has suggested he might recommend more transparency for public-sector salaries when he submits the commission's five-year review to the government in June, The Ottawa Citizen reports. Public-sector salaries are considered personal information in the province, and disclosure of such figures can result in fines ranging between $200 and $2,500. Senior managers' salaries may be disclosed but can take up to 30 days to process after a request is made. Supreme Court decisions have upheld the decision to keep such information private, which Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has called "a direct challenge to our collective will to go toward the greatest possible transparency of the state."
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