We have certain departments that are notorious for ignoring their legal obligations. The justice department is one of the big outliers.
I'll give you an example. Five years ago I did an access to information over the decision to suppress evidence in Ste. Anne's residential school cases. What were the briefing notes to the minister? What were the QP cards? We were denied for three years. The new government came in, and they refused to turn it over. Your predecessor threatened to take them to court. They agreed to turn over documents. They turned over, over the course of a year, 10,000 pages of blacked-out documents, which to me shows almost a complete disregard for the orders about which the Information Commissioner was threatening to take them to court. That was five years of obstruction. I had brown hair back then.
I am concerned that if the justice department will even ignore a legal action—and there are certain outliers, the justice department, RCMP, and a few others—how do you hold them to account?