Saskatchewan’s Secrets

Joe Couture, writing for the StarPhoenix, quotes Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson:

“I’m confounded when I see an assertion that names and simple biographies and phone numbers and so on of people working in senior positions in government, that somehow this should be confidential material. I could find most of this stuff if I took the time to do some searching,” he said, noting not releasing the books “seems to extend the shroud of secrecy over a wider range of material” than needed.

Dickinson has a whole whack of legislative reforms he’s suggesting in his annual report. After reading about the above incident, it shouldn’t surprise you that he thinks our freedom of information laws need updating.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

2 thoughts on “Saskatchewan’s Secrets”

  1. My experience has been that any bureaucracy at any level has an almost instinctive urge to stamp “Confidential” on nearly everything passing through its hands, and if elected officials don’t call a halt, they and the public will be hamstrung by secrecy creep.
    If you have a good, legal, logical policy governing what should be confidential and what should not, you make a lot more info available, and you don’t waste your time.

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