moved for leave to introduce Bill C-253, an act to amend the Access to Information Act (crown corporations).
Mr. Speaker, this bill would make all crown corporations subject to the Access to Information Act. At present, crown corporations such as Canada Post are exempt from the Access to Information Act even though they are subsidized through Canadian tax dollars.
Canadians are paying for these services and have a right to know that they are getting good value for their money. Last October the auditor general published a scathing report on the operation of crown corporations.
This bill will open corporations to the public and make them more accountable to taxpayers. Many Canadians are demanding these changes and I am hopeful the House will recognize the will of the people and support this bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)