The Human Right That Canadians Are Way Behind On

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By Toby Mendel, Huffington Post, 14 October 2012

A recent global assessment of right to information (or access to information) laws placed Canada 55th out of the 93 countries with RTI laws. It languishes not only behind peer group countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, but also behind many developing countries. With a score of 79 out of a possible 150, Canada did significantly less well than countries like India and Slovenia (130 points), Mexico (119 points) and South Africa (111 points). (…)

A study by the Centre for Law and Democracy, Failing to Measure Up: An Analysis of Access to Information Legislation in Canadian Jurisdictions, highlights the many problems with Canada's RTI laws. Far too many bodies fall outside of the ambit of the law, including at the national level, Cabinet, the legislature and the judiciary. There are serious procedural problems in processing requests, inexcusable delays and instances of excessive fees. (…)

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