Promise details

We will ensure that Access to Information applies to the Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ Offices, as well as administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.

Trudeau polimetre - 2015
Promise broken

Real Change: A New Plan For a Strong Middle Class (page 24)


August 2019 - The wording of the promise implies that citizens will have the same type of access to the Prime Minister’s Office as they have for other government organizations. The amendments to the Access to Information Act rather propose a concept of proactive disclosure of precise information of public interest, without it being necessary to present a request for access to information. The judgment of what represents public interest remains, however, in the government’s hands. We therefore judge this promise to be broken because the changes put forward do not grant citizens, researchers and journalists the ability to ask for and obtain specific information from the Prime Minister’s Office and other bodies that the citizens consider to be of interest.


July 09, 2019 - The Access to Information Act - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

June 21, 2019 - “(e) create a new Part providing for the proactive publication of information or materials related to the Senate, the House of Commons, parliamentary entities, ministers’ offices, government institutions and institutions that support superior courts;” - Bill C-58 - An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Given Royal Assent)

June 20, 2017 - "Trudeau" Mr. Speaker, we are improving government openness and transparency by making the most significant changes to the Accessto Information Act since 1983. We are giving the Information Commissioner the power to order the disclosure of government information, and we are extending the scope of the act by including a legislated, proactive disclosure system for ministers' offices, the Prime Minister's Office, and the institutions that offer administrative and other support to Parliament." June 20, 2017 in House of Commons" - House of Commons Debates

April 28, 2016 - "The federal Liberals say they’ll bring in all the access-to-information promises in their election campaign as soon as possible — some as early as this winter. That includes giving Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault the power to order government to release information, puts the Prime Minister and his Cabinet under the Access to Information Act and eliminating all but the initial request fee. A spokesperson for Treasury Board President Scott Brison says that’s always been the plan for a “two-phase” approach, with the first phase making good on campaign promises, including significant changes to the Access to Information Act, and the second phase being a full review of the Act." - Liberals pledge to implement all access-to-information promises ‘as quickly as possible’ - Global News

March 22, 2016 - "In addition, informed by consultations with the Information Commissioner and stakeholders, and advice from Parliamentarians, the Government will move forward on our commitments to revitalize access to information, including empowering the Information Commissioner to order government information to be released, and ensuring that the Access to Information Act applies appropriately to the Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ Offices, as well as to administrative institutions that support the courts and Parliament." - Growing The Middle Class, Budget 2016-2017, p.208 - Government of Canada

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