Government Transparency

Review Of Access To Information Law 2 Years Away: Liberals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2017 | Canada Politics

"We're looking for early wins in terms of the first phase of this."

Trudeau Should Rethink The Finance Minister's Mandate

Charles Lammam | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

In an attempt to increase transparency, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made "mandate letters" to his ministers publicly available. These letters are intended to clarify the focus of each minister's portfolio. When it comes to the mandate delineated for the minister of finance, the prime minister should seriously rethink some of the priorities.

There's Good Reason to Monitor Government Spending

Mark Milke | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Too many use Orwellian language to propose something contrary to the public good. But, considering the reality of power, the term "taxpayer" helps people focus on the real cost of political decisions that favour a narrow interest, ones which can injure the good life for everyone else.

The "Unfair" Elections Act Is Classic Stephen Harper

Justin Beach | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

I've been getting piles of emails, Facebook messages and invites about the Conservatives 'Fair Elections Act'. I haven't really responded to them bec...

B.C. Politicians Need To Show Us Their Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

B.C.'s 85 MLAs have put off any effort to become transparent with their expenses. Now that procrastination is coming back to cost them -- B.C. Auditor General John Doyle recently released a scathing 17-page report on Legislative Assembly spending, showing that the Legislative Assembly's books were a hopeless mess and casting doubts that MLAs are spending our money wisely.

Mulcair Vows To Lift Shroud Of Secrecy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Blasting cuts to research agencies and tighter controls on public files, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair vowed Sunday to lift the shroud of secrecy h...

Why Is Open Data Still Guarded?

Elaine Mah | Posted 04.10.2012 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

Currently, the available open data seems to be used primarily by developers who make and sell apps, or by enthusiasts who write code as a hobby. It leaves me wondering if the only promise of open data is in monetizing that information for a downloadable app that may be of limited long-term value.

Transparency and Canadian Foreign Aid

Stephen Brown | Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada Politics
Stephen Brown

None of the Canadian government's foreign aid documents are of any help in answering rather simple but important questions, such as what have the hundreds of millions Canada has spent in post-earthquake Haiti or Afghanistan actually achieved?

Federal Agency Responsible For Transparency Caught Gaming Contracts

CP | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A federal agency that's supposed to safeguard transparency and openness in government hiring practices cooked four of its own employment cont...