OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Information Commissioner of Canada,
Suzanne Legault, today emphasized the need for ministers and senior
officials at federal institutions to take a leadership role in ensuring
Canadians receive timely responses to access to information requests.
"In four reports my office has issued since 2010, we have found again
and again that the key to Canadians' receiving prompt responses to
access requests is the attitude and actions of senior leaders." The
Commissioner made her remarks on the occasion of the tabling in
Parliament today of her latest report on access to information
The present report details how the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(CBC) transformed its access operations and received an "A" grade this
year (compared to an "F" two years ago). Canada Post improved its
performance only marginally—from a Red Alert to an "F". "I attribute
the CBC's success to strong statements and actions by the president on
the importance of transparency for a public organization. In contrast,
much more needs to be done by the leadership at Canada Post to foster a
culture of openness there."
These results also highlight the fact that recent improvements in
response times are not uniform across the federal access system. Nor
will this fragile momentum be easy to maintain, particularly as the
effects of the most recent round of budget cuts have yet to be fully
In these circumstances, the Commissioner re-iterated her commitment to
vigorous oversight of the access system. "Should I find signs of
deterioration, I will not hesitate to bring my concerns to Parliament's
notice and take any appropriate action, including re-instating the
report cards earlier than planned."
The Commissioner also called once again on the House of Commons Standing
Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics to continue the
valuable oversight role it played in the wake of previous report cards.
The complete report, Report Cards 2011-2012, is available in the Reports and Publications section of the Office of
the Information Commissioner's website: www.oic-ci.gc.ca.
Overall performance ratings, by institution, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012
Canada Post Corporation
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
SOURCE: Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
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