Harper defends database shutdown

By Brodie Fenlon, The Globe and Mail, 5 May 2008

Mr. Harper was forced to explain in the House of Commons Monday why his government quietly killed off a database called the Co-ordination of Access to Information Requests System.
Created in 1989 and revamped in 2001, the CAIRS database is a monthly compilation of all Access requests received by federal agencies.
Canadians could use it to see the information that had already been made public or was in the process of being released, and could then make a request to see the documents themselves.
The database “was deemed expensive, it was deemed to slow down the access to information, and that's why this government got rid of it,” Mr. Harper said during Question Period. [...]
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