Harper government gets failing grade when it comes to releasing information
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Harper government gets failing grade when it comes to releasing information

For a second year in a row, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression has given the Conservative government a failing grade on releasing access to information requests.

The group says the government delayed the release of information and was eventually released was less complete than the year before.

The organization points to a public works bureaucrat’s move to “unrelease” information to The Canadian Press as an example of why Canada now ranks last among five leading democracies when it comes to access to information.

The review also gives an “F” to security forces and the federal government for calling last summer’s G-20 Summit an “unmitigated success” while detaining thousands of people.

Bob Carty, a CJFE board member, says the report is trying to send a message to Canadians to remain vigilant on freedom of expression.

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