The ministry of Defence is criticised by the information commissioner

Le ministère de la Défense critiqué par la commissaire à l’information

OTTAWA | the ministry of Defence has been criticised on Wednesday by the information commissioner for its failure to respond to the demands of the citizens.

In a report to Parliament, commissioner Caroline Maynard was found after a systemic investigation that the methods employed by the department are “obsolete or ineffective” and would not be the only institution in this case.

“The survey demonstrates that it is imperative that all the federal institutions follow sound practices of information management, she declared by way of press release. Our systems of access to information will also require that senior management of institutions are the champions of the right of access of Canadians.”

In particular, it has criticised the lack of training of the persons in charge of applications, red tape, and outdated procedures.

The commissioner has presented its nine areas of concern to the minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan, in order that improvements be made in the management of the access to information.

The investigation also revealed that the processing of a request for access in 2018 linked to the vice-admiral Mark Norman — who was unjustly accused at the time of having leaked confidential information to a company, “constituted a proof of the possible commission of an offence to the Law on access to information”, which has led the commissioner to contact the attorney general of Canada in 2019.

The Law of access to information allows each citizen to ask for official documents at a public administration, but critics, including the media, believe that it does more with the technology and needs of the transparency current.

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