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Federal Court judgement on intelligence files of Thomas C. Douglas

Ottawa , August 11, 2011 - The Federal Court today delivered its judgement in a dispute over the disclosure of intelligence files relating to Thomas C. Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan, founder of Canada's social democratic movement and the father of Medicare.

The Court's decision is of great interest and importance. It provides useful guidance to my Office and to all government institutions on the sound application of the national security exemption under the Access to Information Act.

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault said: "This decision will no doubt, lead to the release of more information to Canadians who have a right to know about their national history, all the while, ensuring the safety of our country".

For a copy of the Federal Court decision, please click here.

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