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e-1090 (Access to information)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Dennis Molinaro from Oshawa, Ontario, on May 11, 2017, at 4:31 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Access to information
Federal institutions
Information archiving
Library and Archives of Canada
The Petition is open for signature until September 8, 2017, at 4:31 p.m. (EDT)

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • On April 7, 2017, it became apparent that institutions of the government, such as the Privy Council Office, Global Affairs, and the Department of Justice, have not been turning over a substantial amount of historical material to Library and Archives Canada (LAC);
  • The government has delayed reform of the Access to Information Act (ATI) and its reform is essential to enable transparent and timely citizen access to documents and prevent historical documents from being hidden or withheld from public archives;
  • LAC is supposed to be Canada’s primary archival institution;
  • Transparency with regard to information, including historical documents, is essential and important to the proper functioning of a democracy; and
  • Citizens have a right to access their nation’s history by knowing what historical documents the government is in possession of and having open and transparent access to those documents.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately begin the process of turning over all historical documents to LAC; reform the ATI and Library and Archives Canada Act to ensure historical material does not remain hidden outside of LAC.
Victoria
NDP
British Columbia
Open for signature : May 11, 2017, at 4:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : September 8, 2017, at 4:31 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
85
British Columbia
126
Manitoba
23
New Brunswick
18
Newfoundland and Labrador
7
Northwest Territories
2
Nova Scotia
23
Ontario
454
Prince Edward Island
1
Quebec
61
Saskatchewan
19
Yukon
2
Other Countries
10
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