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e-2025 (Access to information)

Initiated by Alan Barnes from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to Justin Trudeau

  • The Government of Canada promotes values of transparency and openness through the provisions of the Access to Information Act;
  • Current policies and practices of the Privy Council Office are impeding the proper implementation of the Access to Information Act;
  • The Privy Council Office currently holds historical records dealing with security and intelligence matters dating back in some cases to 1942 in a facility separate from the main departmental file registry;
  • The Privy Council Office has not transferred these records to Library and Archives Canada despite its responsibility to transfer inactive files of historical interest;
  • These historical records are being held by the Privy Council Office in conditions that do not adequately protect them from damage or deterioration;
  • The Privy Council Office does not have adequate archival indexes of these historical files so that they can be readily identified in response to Access to Information requests;
  • Library and Archives Canada is the appropriate repository for these historical records, where they can be properly secured, preserved and managed by their security-cleared staff; and
  • Canadian citizens deserve to have an understanding of the historical activities of their government which would be best facilitated by making these historical records available at Library and Archives Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon Justin Trudeau to direct his officials to review the records under the control of the Privy Council Office and transfer all historical records to Library and Archives Canada.
Open for signature
February 11, 2019, at 12:53 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 11, 2019, at 12:53 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Pierre Poilievre (Carleton)
June 19, 2019 (Petition No. 421-04693)
Photo - Pierre Poilievre
Conservative Caucus
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