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Canada’s Access to Information legislation is officially embarrassing.
Out of 95 countries surveyed by the Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada came in at an unrespectable 56th place.
The study looked at the information citizens had a right to access, the scope of the legislation, exceptions and refusals to complying with the legislation, appeals available, sanctions and protections and even the advertising to promote the rights to information.
Canada’s ranking is one place ahead of Rwanda, but falls behind Colombia, Mongolia and Russia.
Well done, Canada.
On crucial measures like the scope of Canada’s access to information laws — which includes critical details like which departments are excluded from the legislation, who can access the information and how much room there is to hide information outside the reach of the legislation — Canada was a meagre fifth from last place.
Every country in the world, with the exception of…
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