Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Canada - Potentially embarrassing information requests "amber-lighted" by bureaucrats

"The federal government is singling out the access to information requests of some Canadians for closer scrutiny and special treatment, despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper's sharp criticism of the practice when he was in opposition.
According to an e-mail dated June 12, by Citizenship and Immigration Canada access co-ordinator Heather Primeau, the government is ''amber lighting'' access requests that are considered to be more politically sensitive."

Further background on amber lighting: Alasdair Roberts - Spin control and freedom of information: Lessons for the United Kingdom from Canada. Public Administration, 83.1 (Spring 2005): 1-23

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