The House of Commons Ethics Committee was told by the Office of the Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard that certain government institutions ‘routinely violate’ the law by blocking Canadians’ access to information they have a right to obtain.

“We need information to be factual, timely and provided to them,” she insisted.

The Office of the Information Commissioner is an independent body that supports Canadians who are not satisfied with how their information requests have been processed. Under law, all Canadians have a legal right to request information from federal institutions.

Canada’s Access to Information Act allows Maynard to issue binding orders that pertain to federal managers who do not want public records disclosed.

According to Maynard, she issued “157 orders” just last year.

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