Prime Minister Brian Mulroney asked to be personally told of every single Access To Information request filed with the Privy Council Office, according to newly declassified cabinet records. Mulroney vowed to not give an inch on disclosing federal documents he considered embarrassing.

“It was very important in responding to any Access To Information request that Ministers or someone from their staff personally verify and check each of the information requests,” said minutes of an August 13, 1987 cabinet meeting. “There had been errors made in the release of information which had subsequently proved exceedingly embarrassing for the government.”

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