An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (response time)
Irene Mathyssen NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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Access to Information Act
June 23rd, 2011 / 10:05 a.m.
Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-253, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (response time).
Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the bill is to ensure that timely responses to access to information requests are made. Delays have been quite common with these requests and the Canadian public deserve timely responses to their requests.
The bill would require that a report be sent to the requester setting out a full explanation for the delay and that it include a projected completion date.
I have made many access requests and have received lots of apologies, but months and months, even a year and a half later, I still had not received the information I required.
The bill would also require that the Information Commissioner include outstanding requests in his or her annual report to Parliament.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)