CAJ disappointed by Supreme Court decision on Chrétien agenda books

OTTAWA, May 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is disappointed by Friday's Supreme Court decision that ruled against extending access to information laws to the Prime Minister and cabinet.

The case revolved around control over ministerial documents, including the daily calendar of former prime minister Jean Chrétien. The high court ruled that the statute on access-to-information covered government institutions, not politicians.

"This case could have offered Canadians more of a glimpse into the workings of their elected government," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch. "It speaks to the limits imposed by access to information legislation."

Along with several other media organisations, the CAJ intervened in the case.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing more than 800 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information:

Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, cell (204) 470-8862

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