Open government plan rapped

Open Government Partnership

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, 13 April 2012

Critics were quick to dismiss a Conservative blueprint for open government, saying it will fail to increase public integrity and transparency.

Ottawa-based Democracy Watch said Thursday that the three-year federal plan — to be discussed next week at a major conference in Brazil — does nothing to fix dozens of flaws in key accountability legislation.

New Democrat MP Charlie Angus called the plan "a sideshow" that falls far short of ensuring Canadians have accurate, timely information about how and why government decisions are made.

Delegates from 53 countries are to gather in Brasilia on Tuesday for the annual meeting of the Open Government Partnership. Participating countries will deliver plans that spell out commitments on making government more open and accountable.

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