Statement By The Minister of Government Services On The Information And Privacy Commissioner's Special Report
Minister of Government Services John Milloy made the following statement on Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian's special report:
"Our new government takes its obligations seriously and we are committed to being open, accountable, and transparent.
I would like to thank Dr. Cavoukian for her report. We are closely examining her findings and recommendations. Our government is committed to addressing the issues raised by the commissioner to ensure that situations as referred to in her report do not happen again.
My office has requested a meeting with Dr. Cavoukian to discuss her report, and we look forward to the findings of the Justice Committee's ongoing examination.
Since February, we have proactively taken a number of steps to ensure political staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Archives and Recordkeeping Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, including mandatory all-staff training for Minister's Office and Premier's Office staff and improved orientation for new political employees.
The new government has provided the Justice Committee with more than 130,000 documents and emails related to the gas plants, including 30,000 directly from the Premier's Office.
The Premier's Office has also responded to several recent Freedom-of-Information requests - producing more than 4,000 documents and emails related to the gas plants.
It is our priority to be open and transparent. The Information and Privacy Commissioner is vital to enhancing transparency and public accountability and we will continue to work closely with Dr. Cavoukian's office."