The Supreme Court of Canada has taken a small step toward recognizing that citizens sometimes need access to government documents to exercise freedom of expression, but stopped short of calling it a broad constitutional right.
On a practical level, Thursday’s ruling means that, after 13 years, it is still uncertain whether the public will ever learn details of an OPP report into the botched prosecution of two men charged with murdering reputed mobster Domenic Racco.
On a broader level, the long-awaited decision leaves Canada eclipsed by countries such as South Africa, Norway and Bulgaria, which have made access to information a component of their constitutions.
“We don’t have that and our Supreme Court isn’t willing to take us there either,” said Paul Schabas, a lawyer representing the Canadian Newspaper Association and other media organizations intervening in the case.
Read the rest here.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Supreme Court of Canada rules access to information not a constitutional right
Posted by National Freedom of Information Coalition at 12:58 PM
Labels: Access, Canada Supreme Court, constitution
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Post a Comment