The federal info watchdog has chastised the prime minister’s bureaucrats for shutting down a number of requests from the general public with out good trigger.
In a collection of selections made public Tuesday, info commissioner Caroline Maynard reveals the Privy Council Office merely closed 4 Access to Information requests to keep away from lacking due dates.
In every case, the physique that helps the prime minister was ready for enter from different federal businesses on whether or not Cold War-era intelligence information may very well be disclosed to requesters who filed formal functions beneath the entry regulation.
Maynard dominated the entry act doesn’t permit the PCO to fail to answer an entry request on the grounds it has but to obtain suggestions from consulted establishments.
In the primary of the 4 choices, dated Oct. 14, Maynard expressed disappointment with the PCO, noting it’s a central establishment headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has signalled a dedication to transparency and openness.
Maynard notes in her three subsequent choices, all dated Nov. 9, that the PCO has since ended the follow of closing request recordsdata whereas consultations are excellent.