01/08/2013 03:48 EST | Updated 03/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Information commissioner blasts Newfoundland government for tardiness

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's information and privacy commissioner is accusing the provincial government of undermining access to information laws.

Ed Ring issued a report Tuesday saying the number of complaints he's received about public bodies failing to disclose information in a timely manner has reached an all-time high.

Ring says some applicants have been left hanging for months after filing requests for information that should take only 30 days to process — the legislated time limit.

In a recent case, Ring says, an applicant had to wait three months to get a copy of the health minister's briefing book.

The department claimed that the records had to be reviewed and redacted, but Ring says the delay represented a breach of provincial legislation.