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Court Rules Gov't Should Provide Documents

INFORMATION ACCESS

August 26, 2011

An article in The Hill Times discusses the federal court's recent decision that the government should release information on a former politician. The case involved a Canadian Press reporter who filed an access of information request to Library and Archives Canada for records on a former NDP leader. The government denied his requests, and the information commissioner validated the denial. But the court declared recently that the government should inform the reporter if additional information exists, saying that withholding the historical documents ran counter to the library's mandate to aid the "acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge."
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