Trying to get information out of the Provincial Government through “Freedom of Information” just got a whole lot tougher.
Anyone trying to appeal an FOI request through the “Information and Privacy Commissioner’s” office in Victoria is being told case volumes are huge and it’s months before files are even being assigned to investigators.
NDP MLA Doug Routley calls it a “democratic crisis”.
“All of this information belongs to British Columbians, but the Government behaves as though it’s a private club and are not willing to share information that is essential to people’s lives.”
Once a file is assigned it can take up to 90 days to resolve a request for review.
In 2011 Premier Christy Clark said “we are working to make British Columbia the most open provincial government in Canada.”