Canada Dashboard Digest

Work Retiring, But Not Pulling Punches

INFORMATION ACCESS

July 15, 2011

As Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work gets ready to retire in December, he acknowledges there are "signs of promise" in terms of government openness but reminds politicians, "information does not belong to government, it belongs to the people who elected you..." Work has long criticized the Albertan government for secrecy; in this year's annual report, he called out "a lack of leadership at the provincial level with respect to access to information," and more recently, in the Edmonton Journal, he offered suggestions for transparency going forward. "Don't say it unless you mean it. Don't toy with us. Don't toss 'open,' 'accountable,' transparent' at us unless you intend to follow through."

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