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CANADA ENDORSES AN INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTION ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION

OTTAWA, October 5, 2011 – Information Commissioners of 23 countries, including Canada, today endorsed in principle a resolution that calls on governments to enshrine the right to information in national laws and to put in place effective appeal mechanisms.  The resolution was endorsed at the International Conference of Information Commissioners, which is taking place in Ottawa this week. 

The resolution was developed by Germany ’s Federal Commissioner of Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Berlin ’s Data Protection and Information Commissioner, and the Information Commissioner for Slovenia .

“I fully support this resolution and applaude my colleagues from Germany, Berlin and Slovenia for taking the lead in drafting it,” said Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada.  “This type of collaboration among Information Commissioners is key to advancing transparency as a pillar of democracy here and around the world.”

The resolution states that government transparency makes it possible for citizens to understand and participate in the decision-making processes of their governments and is a deterrent to corruption.  It urges all countries to develop strong freedom of information laws that truly enable citizens to exercise their right to know.  The resolution also calls on governments to make greater use of the Internet to make information available in a proactive way.

Canada’s Information Commissioner is hosting this week’s International Conference of Information Commissioners in collaboration with the Canadian Bar Association.

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Resolution

List of countries

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Thérèse Boisclair
Director Strategic Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
613-943-4368