For immediate release
March 18, 2011
Ottawa – The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia–Pacific Gateway, today issued the following statement on the Government of Canada's continued commitment to an open government.
"Today, I am pleased to announce the next step in our government's commitment to enhancing transparency and accountability to Canadians. The expansion of open government will give Canadians the opportunity to access public information in more useful and readable formats, enable greater insight into the inner workings of the Government and empower citizens to participate more directly in the decision-making process.
"Canada has historically led the way in providing accessible information to citizens. We were one of the first countries to enact access to information legislation almost three decades ago, and we significantly expanded coverage through the 2006 Federal Accountability Act. Canada has also led the way in proactively disclosing information about contracts, grants and contributions, and in posting hospitality and travel expenses on the Web. However, we believe more can—and should—be done to build on this record.
"The expansion of open government is being pursued through these three main streams:
"Through this expansion, our government is delivering on its commitment to greater openness and accountability, strengthening our Democratic Reform agenda and driving innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians."
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