Suzanne Legault

Liberals' Veto Power Could Hurt Access To Information

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Politics

"We're not in favour of half-measures," said the director of BC's freedom of information association.

Constitutional Challenge Of Retroactive Tory Law In Limbo

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Politics

Legal scholars call the move unprecedented.

Watchdog Urges 'Bold' Step For Cabinet Ministers

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2017 | Canada Politics

Suzanne Legault wants their offices brought under the Access to Information Act.

Lawyers Say Tories' Retroactive Legislation Change Undermines Rule Of Law

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.01.2017 | Canada Politics

The retrospective Conservative changes served to short-circuit an active investigation into government-backed actions of the RCMP.

Improving Access To Information Will Make Government Better: PM

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals will conduct a "proper review" of the decades-old Access to Information Act with the aim of figuring out "what is actually going to work."

Justin Trudeau Must Plug Ottawa's Information Black Hole

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

Once a government official says a document is cabinet confidence, neither the information commissioner nor the Federal Court can look at the document to confirm that it is and that the exclusion is being applied appropriately. But this supermassive problem is not being addressed.

Liberals Granted Delay In Gun Data Destruction Case

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Politics

The attorney general of Canada requested a three-month delay in the case.

Key Emails In Harper's Office At Risk Of Disappearing: Report

CBC | Dean Beeby, CBC News | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics

Emails in the Prime Minister's Office are at risk of disappearing forever, and need to be better monitored to prevent staff from improperly deleting t...

Gun Registry Data Sealed

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A bitter legal battle between the Conservative government, the RCMP and the federal information commissioner over the right of Canadians to a...

Watchdog Takes Feds To Task Over Legislative 'Black Hole'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Politics

In a signal of non-confidence in both the RCMP and the government, Legault filed a preservation order Wednesday to prevent the government from destroying more contested gun registry records.

Retroactively Rewriting Gun Law? No Biggie: Clement

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics

"You know, now we're getting into angels dancing on the head of a pin, which lawyers are very good at and Ms. Legault is a lawyer."

Gun Registry Destruction Needs Full Airing: NDP

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Allegations of RCMP wrongdoing related to the illegal destruction of long run registry records are under investigation by the Ontario Provinc...

Harper Government Set 'Perilous Precedent': Watchdog

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An unprecedented Conservative bid to rewrite the law in order to retroactively erase the RCMP's mishandling of gun registry records sets the ...

Harper Government Rewrites History

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government moved to retroactively rewrite Canada's access to information law in order to prevent possible criminal charges against...

Bring All Government Branches Under Information Law: Watchdog

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Access to Information Act should be extended to all branches of government — including the offices that support Parliament and the cour...

NDP To Watchdog: Probe Emails Deleted By Ex-Kenney Aide

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP is asking the federal information watchdog to investigate a former Conservative ministerial staffer's systematic deletion o...

Access to Info Was Mostly Gloomy With Some Rays of Light in 2014

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

We can't say 2014 was a banner year for Access to Information in this country. According to the Centre for Law and Democracy, which publishes a ranking of countries that have right to information laws, Canada continues to drop and is now down to number 57 (out of 100). And there are lots of reasons why Canada has dropped.

Don't Tackle Increasing Access to Information Complaints by Silencing the Watchdog

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

Any delay in the Commissioner's office means information requesters will have to wait even longer to get their documents. It also means that if the government digs in its heels, requesters can't even get their day in Federal Court until the Commissioner's office finishes its review of the file.

Legault Warns MPs Against Raising Access-To-Information User Fees

CBC | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says she doesn't support increasing user fees for access to information requests, a proposal made by Con...

Information Commissioner Says Office Is Broke, Tory MPs Say Raise Fees

CBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Conservative MPs are proposing that the government raise user fees for access to information requests, charging businesses and journalists more mone...

NDP Decries Conservative Secrecy

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to give the federal information czar the money she needs to do her job as the first step t...

Federal Information Watchdog: Office Is Almost Broke, Work Endangered

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal information watchdog is almost broke, weathering a cash crunch Suzanne Legault says threatens her ability to protect the rights o...

Feds Still Collecting Requesters' Info, Even Though They Promised To Stop

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government continues to collect background information on individuals who file access-to-information requests, more than seven mo...

3 Tory Staffers Interfered In Access To Information: Watchdog

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Information Commissioner of Canada has found evidence of "systemic interference" with access to information requests by three Conservativ...

Watchdog Targets Government Text Messages

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's information watchdog is recommending a virtual ban on instant messaging with federally issued BlackBerrys and other wireless devices...