Canada: Access to Information Leaks

From The Star:

When Ken Rubin wanted to know what information Canada planned to share with the United States about airline passengers, as both countries beefed up security after 9/11, he applied under the federal Access to Information Act, as any Canadian has the right to do.

But Canada Border Services Agency officials in early 2004 seemed far more eager to alert Anne McLellan, who was public safety minister at the time, to Rubin’s identity and to the possibility of embarrassing media reports, than to process his request, according to a memo he later obtained. That is plain wrong.

And when Canadian Press reporter Jim Bronskill more recently asked for information on Central Intelligence Agency aircraft landing in Canada, his name was shared among government officials during a conference call. Notes were later circulated to other officials, including top aides to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. That is wrong, too.

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