On the heels of the BC government’s triple-delete scandal, CKNW has learned one senior minister in Christy Clark’s cabinet — doesn’t do email.
At the end of October, the premier sent a memo telling staff and ministers to follow email retention policies, after a scathing report by Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.
Now, a freedom of information request has shown Finance Minister Mike de Jong would have had trouble with that.
Turns out, he doesn’t email.
In an email, de Jong’s Chief of Staff Brian Menzies forwards Clark’s memo to MLA Dan Ashton, Parliamentary Secretary for that ministry, because de Jong can’t — noting the Minister “does not participate in email.”
In her report, Denham accused the Clark government of side-stepping FOI rules by not writing things down.
Finance Minister’s office responds
A statement from his office says it’s de Jong’s “longstanding practice” to require correspondence on paper, rather than email.
It says directions and decisions are communicated on briefing and decision notes, and those records are kept.
READ the full response here:
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association reacts
Vincent Gogolek with the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association says the revelation a senior cabinet minister doesn’t use email is a concern.
“How does the Minister communicate? By phone? By carrier pigeon? What does he do? Where are the records? If he’s not using email, what’s he using.”
Gogolek says it’s hard to believe that every important piece of information communicated in person is recorded in paper form.