DFAIT Blocking ATIP Info

The Department of Foreign Affairs is systematically preventing the release of thousands of government records and likely violating Canada's Access to Information laws by charging "preparation fees" before responding to requests, Canwest News reported.

Published: Wednesday, 02/18/2009 12:00 am EST

The Department of Foreign Affairs is systematically preventing the release of thousands of government records and likely violating Canada's Access to Information laws by charging "preparation fees" before responding to requests, Canwest News reported. In January 2008, bureaucrats decided charging fees was the best way to clear a growing backlog of requests. Legal experts said DFAIT is creating a barrier to government records on issues such as Afghanistan and free trade deals. It is the only department to charge prep fees for routine computerized documents before they are released.

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