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Alberta’s New Commissioner Encouraging Open Government

PRIVACY

February 3, 2012

Jill Clayton has been sworn in as Alberta's first female information and privacy commissioner, the Calgary Herald reports. Looking to the work ahead of her, Clayton spoke of some of the challenges inherent in moving toward more open government and implementing legislation that was called "Swiss cheese" by her predecessor, Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work. "I think there are some real concerns," Clayton said of encouraging increased transparency, adding, "I don't think it is an easy thing to do. I would like to see the office work with lots of consultation, lots of proactive guidance to help public bodies move in that direction." Meanwhile, an Edmonton Journal editorial voices support for a more open government.
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