“When I became Premier, I made a commitment to change and open up government to British Columbians. Open Government is about giving people access to the information they need to participate, and to help us find solutions to the issues that affect us all. After all, it’s taxpayers’ money and it’s taxpayers’ information.”
Those are the words of Christy Clark from a video posted in 2011 to the “Province of BC” You Tube page.
Ironic, in the wake of Thursday’s report by the privacy commissioner that outlines how two Ministries and the premier’s office were breaking the law by deleting emails requested through the Freedom of Information Act.
Also in the video, she challenges government employees to be embrace the idea of open government.
“Take risks. Be open to new ideas. Fuel a spirit of transparency, of connection and collaboration in everything you do. It’s time to open government, to connect and communicate with the people that we all serve. Government belongs to the people and by working together, we can engage British Columbians.”
Clark was in Merritt Friday morning, to announced a trades program. She is expected to speak to commissioner Elizabeth Denham’s report.
The RCMP say they are going over the findings to determine if charges should be laid against a Transportation Ministry staffer who lied to Denham during her investigation.